The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBook - 1990
A mischievous youth encounters a runaway slave and together they travel down the Mississippi in search of adventure, in the classic novel accompanied by essays by Van Wyck Brooks and Carl Van Doren
Blackwell North Amer
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The changes, deletions, and additions that Mark Twain made in the first half of the original manuscript (changes that are larger and more numerous and significant than those he made in the second half) indicate that he frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational work than the book he finally published. He deleted an episode in which whites at a religious camp meeting try to avoid the embraces of a black slave woman - a woman who may think, mistakenly, that she has just been freed. And even in its smallest variations - such as the consistent alteration of vicious rawhide whippings to ordinary cowhide whippings - the original manuscript demonstrates the skill, the restraint, and the constraints that affected Mark Twain's creative process.
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Violence: Murder, beatings and torture. Child abuse and slavery are topics throughout the novel.
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"You don't know about me, without you have a read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lies, one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly - Tom's Aunt Polly, she it - and Mary, and the Widow Douglas, is all told about in that book - which is mostly a true book; with some stretchers, as I said before."
"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative with be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."
By Order of the Author
per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.
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Huck is none too thrilled with his new life of cleanliness, manners, church, and school. However, he sticks it out at the bequest of Tom Sawyer, who tells him that in order to take part in Tom’s new “robbers’ gang,” Huck must stay “respectable.” All is well and good until Huck’s brutish, drunken father, Pap, reappears in town and demands Huck’s money. The local judge, Judge Thatcher, and the Widow try to get legal custody of Huck, but another well-intentioned new judge in town believes in the rights of Huck’s natural father and even takes the old drunk into his own home in an attempt to reform him. This effort fails miserably, and Pap soon returns to his old ways. He hangs around town for several months, harassing his son, who in the meantime has learned to read and to tolerate the Widow’s attempts to improve him. Finally, outraged when the Widow Douglas warns him to stay away from her house, Pap kidnaps Huck and holds him in a cabin across the river from St. Petersburg.........
A boy named Huck leaves his village making his father(who is trying to take money of him), The old man 9 who is meant to be his guardian). think that he is dead. He goes to an island and stays therer while he realizes a man named Jim(he is Mrs Watsons servant) is staying there too.