Cover of: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain

Contributors

  • Introduction
    Padgett Powell
  • Afterword
    Jayne Anne Phillips

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)

About the Edition

He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a hogshead. He’s Huck Finn, a homeless waif, a liar and thief on occasion, and a casual rebel against respectability. But on the day he encounters another fugitive from trouble, a runaway slave named Jim, he also finds—for the first time in his life—love, acceptance, and a sense of responsibility. And it is in the exciting and moving story of these two outcasts fleeing down the Mississippi on a raft that a wonderful metamorphosis occurs. The boy nobody wants becomes a courageous human being with a sense of his own destiny.

Rich in color and humor, this great novel follows the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and vividly recreates the world, the people, and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats.
(back cover)

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Genre
Fiction
Copyright Date
2008

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS1305 .A1 2008c
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2008277535

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Pagination
xvii, 318 p. ;
Number of pages
318

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23234282M
Internet Archive
adventuresofhuck00twai_3
ISBN 13
9780451530943
LC Control Number
2008277535
OCLC/WorldCat
488959470
Alibris ID
9780451530943
Amazon.com
0451530942
Library Thing
3093889
Goodreads
41064668
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