Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Complete Text with Introduction, Historical Contexts, Critical Essays

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Houghton Mifflin, 2000 - Fiction - 392 pages
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In addition to the entire text of what some consider the quintessential American novel, this comprehensive volume features materials that help place the novel in perspective with its time and place. "Contexts" includes essays on the composition of the novel, the people and history of the Upper Mississippi Valley, slavery, and the critical reception of the novel upon its publication. "Readings" includes Henry Nash Smith's introduction to the 1958 Riverside Edition of the novel, as well as critical essays.

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User Review  - mjayne - LibraryThing

Just one of those I think everyone should read at some point in their lives, but not merely as a fun and comical story. So much of the richness comes from understanding the (often subtle) satirical background reflective of Twain's genius. Read full review

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In order to save time, we read this book in my Honors American Lit class, but skipped nearly half of it throughout the book. I'm sure my teacher ended up butchering the story for us, but I dont really ... Read full review


Henry Nash Smith Introduction to Adventures
Alan Trachtenberg The Form of Freedom
Smith Huck Jim and American

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Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Van Clief-Stefanon is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize.

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