Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Edition 3

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Edition 3

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by Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 0520266102

ISBN-13: 9780520266100

Pub. Date: 08/10/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, as he was better known was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. His father ran a dry goods and grocery store, practiced law and involved himself in local politics after the family's move to Hannibal, Missouri, when Sam was four…  See more details below


About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, as he was better known was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. His father ran a dry goods and grocery store, practiced law and involved himself in local politics after the family's move to Hannibal, Missouri, when Sam was four years old.

Hannibal seems to have been a good place for a boy to grow up. Sam was entranced by the Mississippi River and enjoyed both the barges and the people who traveled on them. When Sam was just eleven his father died and Sam went to work for his brother at the Hannibal Journal first as a printer's apprentice and later a compositor. While still in his teens Sam went on the road as an itinerant printer. In 1857 he conceived a plan to seek his fortune in South America but on the way he met a steamboat captain, Horace Bixby who took him on as a cub riverboat pilot and taught him until he acquired his own license.

This enjoyable style of life, which Twain always spoke of later with special warmth was ended by the Civil War. Twain went west with his brother Orion to prospect in Nevada but in 1862 joined the staff of the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, a paper to which he had already begun submitting his work. Later Twain went to California and submitted "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to the New York Saturday Press.

By 1871 Twain had published Innocents Abroad and had married Olivia Langdon, the sister of a friend from a socially prominent New York City family. He and his wife moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where they made their family home for thenext 20 years.

Books that he wrote in Hartford confirmed his popular reputation but despite their success Twain found himself in financial difficulty primarily because of his investments in the Paige typesetting business as well as his own publishing company. Eventually Twain was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Twain's last major books were successful commercially but they also reflect his increasing pessimism. His satire becomes at times more biting and mean-spirited than it is humorous. Despite the downturn in Twain's outlook in later life and despite the unevenness of much of his work, he remains one of the major writers of the American nineteenth century, and one who has been enormously influential on subsequent writers.

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University of California Press
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Mark Twain Library Series
Edition description:
125th Anniversary Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.52(d)

Table of Contents

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (text)
Explanatory Notes
Three Passages from the Manuscript
Manuscript Facsimiles
Note on the Text

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Illustrated Junior Library Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 429 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book very much. It does get a little boring in the middle, but the ending is my favorite! It's worth reading.
AnnFerguson1 More than 1 year ago
The story is a classic but this e-version was not the worst nor the best. There are funny breaks and odd fonts randomly placed through the story. It is worth looking for a better e-version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is easy to read and understand.
Keri Kelly More than 1 year ago
BORING. With occasional excitment. Hard to understand at times because of the old english language the characters use, but overall well written. I just wish it could have been a little more of a page turner. I prefer Tom Sawyer over Huck Finn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This classic story is a marvelous example of Mark Twain's writing skills and of his prominence as a writer. This story is hilarious and heartwarming, and is sure to enchant anyone who reads it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book from front to back it is on of the greaatest books ive ever read ndd ull love it too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huck Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Mississippi, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Unlike The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn does not have the definite article "the" as a part of its proper title. Essayist and critic Spencer Neve states that this absence represents the "never fulfilled anticipations" of Huck's adventures-while Tom's adventures were completed (at least at the time) by the end of his novel, Huck's narrative ends with his stated intention to head West
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok guys, this book is actually really good. It is filled with delightful humor and perspective into what life use to be like. I highly recomend it to anyone, though some individuals may need a dictionary, the syntax is awesome. I understand that Huckleberry Finn might have somewhat of a bad reputation but i think its just misunderstood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but it was confusing because the copy wasnt very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very favorited classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story but when they talk it is kinda hard to umderstand because they talk with a southern acent. If you can get past that it is a good book for 10-12 yo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just as fresh as I remember reading more than 20 years ago. A true American classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the books by Mark Twain, generally, but this book was a little different. I'm not saying i didn't like it, but it was different. The story was great but, at times i got a little bit confused because the author kept rambling on and on and on about semi-irrelevant things. I recommend it but it wasn't my favorite. Also, the part where Tom Sawyer comes in is a little boring and it seems to drag a bit. It is a good book to read for a book report or something like that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't type much, seein' as how I've got to be off finishing my report on Twain, but would like to say just a few things first. One! this is an excellent book and is written in an excellent style. Twain uses the language of the time, and that really gives life to the story. As a story itself it is extreemly exciting and is worth your time! Two! the people who said this book is boring really do need to get their head examined. This is not just a story about some kids trying to be bandits in a club, or some kid and his nigger floating down the mississippi on a raft. This book was written by Twain to deal with the moral and racial issues of the time. Much of which (especially in the moral bit) still applies today, which makes it one of the most highly regarded American Novels of all time. I could ramble on about much more but really I must finish my bit on Huck Finn and then start on my bit for Connecticut Yankee
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was mesmerized for about 7 hours. This was the best read audio book I have ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book - quick reading as the scenery, adventures and characters change often. Moral issues also presented. A boy who is not afraid to overcome the poor circumstances that he is born into.
Guest More than 1 year ago
really, really, really good book or something. almost as good as poncho's frito's war of love or something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When looking at the world through a child's eyes, the simple things we take for granted emerge so clearly. Through out the hard times and the good, a child always carries that ever-burning flame of hope. This flame represents the very meaning of the human spirit. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this flame burns bright in one young man. As Mark Twain so brilliantly narrates the story through the thirteen-year-old Huck's eyes, the reader quickly gets swept into the story. Feeling every twist and turn of Huck's life and watching that flame glow bright and sometimes very dim. It's amazing to see how Huck's life flows through the pages of the book. Even when he is faced with bitter family feuds, corrupt and dangerous con men or even slave hunters, he pulls through and bounces back just like a river does. Huck's life is the perfect example of how the human spirit always pushes through to see another precious day. Mark Twain was truly 'forced' as he would say to become a novelist by writing this book because he goes so deep into the mind of Huck that often the reader can not tell weather Twain or Huck is speaking. Mark Twain is also forced by this book to take the reader deeper and keep them hooked with magnificent descriptions of great summer storms and beautiful sunrises over the Mississippi or with the unusual small town characters that in someway we can all identify with. He also makes us think about what it means to truly be free. Twain always captures the mind, encourages the spirit, and touches the heart each time he writes, which is probably what moved Ernest Hemingway to say that 'modern American literature began with Huckleberry Finn.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are classics that all children should read. The stories of these two 'free spirits' are captivating. Most children can only dream of experiencing the lives of these, for the most part, fancy free rogues, and can live their adventures in reading the books. The books of course are not just for children, but for everyone, which helps make them masterpieces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think its funny how twain writes in this book, because u get the atmosphere of how a ten year old thinks. I LOVED THE BOOK HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
As controversial as it remains, Huckleberry Finn offers two of the finest moments in American literature. Many will either appreciate or rebuke the comedy and biting wit. But you would have to be oblivious to things like earthquakes to not be moved by the apology scene, or by Huck's acceptance of damnation. This story does not pretend to offer solutions to the problems men create among themselves. It does offer a few quick and brilliant illustrations of our ability to transcend those problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just a fun book! You read this book and it is just plain fun and adventure. The Royal Nonesuch has to be the funniest scheme I've come across in reading over 40 literature books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, quite superior, in my opinion, to 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer', is definitely one of the best I have read lately. It presents various adventures that Huck has as he goes down the river with Jim, an honorable Black man who wishes to obtain his freedom. Loaded with humor and criticism, the book is also very readable, and the way Twain makes each of the characters speak, in a variety of dialects, enrich and give flavor to the book. Huck's practical vision of the world, and his severe moral doubts about how right it was to break the law, the portrayal of the uneducated but honorable Jim, the weirdness and odd tricks of the 'King' and 'Duke', the diversity of situations that Huck encounters on his journey, and the freshness that the reader can actually feel as he imagines himself going down a river on a raft, lying face up in the night looking at the stars are all elements that really make this book stand out. Quite recommndable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago