Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

ISBN-10: 0553210793
ISBN-13: 9780553210798
Edition: 1981 (Reprint)
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Description: Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with  the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark  Twain's story about a young boy and his journey  down the Mississippi was the first great novel to  speak in a truly American voice.  More...

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Book details

List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with  the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark  Twain's story about a young boy and his journey  down the Mississippi was the first great novel to  speak in a truly American voice. Influencing  subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood  Anderson to Twain's fellow Missourian,  T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and William  Faulkner to J.D. Salinger --  Huckleberry Finn, like the river  which flows through its pages, is one of the great  sources which nourished and still nourishes the  literature of America.

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.

Alfred Kazin, a literary critic and professor of English literature, was born in Brooklyn on June 5, 1915. He was educated at City College and Columbia University. Kazin established his own critical reputation in the mid-1940s with On Native Grounds (1942), a study of American literature. His later work, Bright Book of American Life (1973), is both a recapitulation of modernism and an evaluation of American writers who have achieved prominence since 1945. Modernism, a favorite topic of Kazin, is in his view a literary revolution marked by spontaneity and individuality but lacking in precisely the mass culture appeal necessary to its survival. Contemporaries (1962) includes reflective essays on travel, five essays on Freud, and some very perceptive essays on literary and political matters. The final section, "The Critic's Task," concerns itself with the critic's function within a popular and an academic context and with critical theory and principles. Starting Out in the Thirties (1965) describes Kazin's early years with The New Republic as book reviewer and evaluates his contemporaries in a period when the depression and radical political thought, pro and con, deeply affected literary production. In the midst of the current antihumanistic trend in literary theory, Kazin remains a literary critic of the old school, believing in the relevance of literature to modern life. Alfred Kazin died on June 5, 1998.

The Life of Mark Twain
Preface
Notice
Explanatory
Discover Moses and the Bulrushers
Our Gang's Dark Oath
We Ambuscade the A-rabs
The Hair-ball Oracle
Pap Starts in on a New Life
Pap Struggles with the Death Angel
I Fool. Pap and Get Away
I Spare Miss Watson's Jim
The House of Death Floats By
What Comes of Handlin Snake-skin
They're After Us!
"Better Let Blame Well Alone"
Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott"
Was Solomon Wise?
Fooling Poor Old Jim
The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Work
The Grangerfords Take Me In
Why Harney Rode Away for His Hat
The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboard
What Royalty Did to Parkville
An Arkansaw Difficulty
Why the Lynching Bee Failed
The Orneriness of Kings
The King Turns Parson
All Full of Tears and Flapdoodle
I Steal the King's Plunder
Dead Peter Has His Gold
Overreaching Don't Pay
I Light Out in the Storm
The Gold Saves the Thieves
You Can't Pray a Lie
I Have a New Name
The Pitiful Ending of Royalty
We Cheer Up Jim
Dark, Deep-Laid Plans
Trying to Help Jim
Jim Gets His Witch Pie
"Here a Captive Heart Busted"
Tom Writes Nonnamous Letters
A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescue
"Must 'a' Been Sperits"
Why They Didn't Hang Jim
Chapter the Last. Nothing More to Write
Afterword

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