Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

ISBN-10: 0312400292
ISBN-13: 9780312400293
Edition: 2nd 2004
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Description: Like its popular predecessor, this critical edition is designed for "teaching the conflicts" surrounding Mark Twain’s classic novel. It reprints the 1885 text of the first American edition (with a portfolio of illustrations) along with critical  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 550
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Like its popular predecessor, this critical edition is designed for "teaching the conflicts" surrounding Mark Twain’s classic novel. It reprints the 1885 text of the first American edition (with a portfolio of illustrations) along with critical essays representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The novel and essays are supported by distinctive editorial material — including introductions to critical conflict in literary studies, to Twain’s life and work, and to each critical controversy highlighted in this edition — that helps students grapple not only with the novel’s critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself. In addition to several new critical essays, the second edition includes an appendix on how to argue about the novel so that students may more effectively enter the critical conversation about its issues.

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.

Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of several books including Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education, and Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.

Preface
Why Study Critical Controversies?
Mark Twain and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Life of Samuel Clemens and the Reception of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The 1885 Text
A Portfolio of Illustrations from the 1885 Edition
A Case Study in Critical Controversy
The Controversy over the Ending: Did Mark Twain Sell Jim down the River?
A Certain Formal Aptness
The Boy and the River: Without Beginning or End
Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn
Jim's Africanist Presence in Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn; Or, Consequences
from Deadpan Huck
The Controversy over Race: Does Huckleberry Finn Combat or Reinforce Racist Attitudes?
Morality and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Born to Trouble: One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn
The Struggle for Tolerance: Race and Censorship in Huckleberry Finn
More than a Reader's Response: A Letter to "De Ole True Huck"
On the Nature and Status of Covert Texts: A Reply to Gerry Brenner's "Letter to 'De Ole True Huck'"
from Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target
Say It Ain't So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain's "Masterpiece"
Selling Huck Finn Down the River: A Response to Jane Smiley
The Controversy over Gender and Sexuality: Are Twain's Sexual Politics Progressive, Regressive, or Beside the Point?
Reformers and Young Maidens: Women and Virtue in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Reading Gender in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Walker versus Jehlen versus Twain
A Response to Frederick Crews
Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!
"Innocent Homosexuality": The Fiedler Thesis in Retrospect
Writing about Critical Controversy

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