Cover of: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain

Contributors

  • Editor
    Henry Nash Smith
  • General Editor
    Gordon N. Ray

About the Book

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literary critics alike. The book tells the story of “Huck” Finn (first introduced as Tom Sawyer’s sidekick in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), his friend Jim, and their journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Both are on the run, Huck from his drunk and abusive father, and Jim as a runaway slave.
ate a ton of nothing and almost died a couple hundred times.
As Huck and Jim drift down the river, they meet many colorful characters and have many great adventures. The true heart of the story, however, is the friendship between Huck and Jim. A constant theme throughout the book is Huck’s internal struggle between what he has been taught, that helping a runaway slave is a sin, and what he truly believes, that Jim is a good man and it couldn’t possibly be wrong to help him.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was unique at the time of its publication (1884) because it is narrated by Huck himself and is written in the numerous dialects common in the area and time in which the book is set. Although the book was originally intended as a sequel to the children’s book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as Twain wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn it progressed into a more serious work. Twain’s views on slavery and other social issues of the time become clear through the words, thoughts, and actions of Huck Finn. The book has always been the subject of great controversy, and according to The American Library Association it was fifth on the list of most frequently challenged books in the 1990s.
(Summary by Annie Coleman)



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Huck tells of his adventures travelling down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaped slave, and of the many people they encounter, including a pair of swindlers and two families in a feud.

Edition Notes

"First published ... in the United States in 1885."

Series
Riverside editions -- A15

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
[Fic]
Library of Congress
PS1305 .A145 1958

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xxix, 273 p. :
Number of pages
274

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24373159M
Internet Archive
adventuresofhuck1958twai
OCLC/WorldCat
1024709110
Goodreads
22662858

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