Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Riverside Editions) / Edition 1by Mark Twain
Pub. Date: 05/28/1972
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
One of those most irrepressible and exuberant characters in the history of literature, Tom Sawyer explodes onto the page in a whirl of bad behavior and incredible
He got out his worldly wealth and examined it bits of toys, marble, and trash; enough to buy an exchange of work maybe, but not enough to buy as much as half an hour of pure freedom".
One of those most irrepressible and exuberant characters in the history of literature, Tom Sawyer explodes onto the page in a whirl of bad behavior and incredible adventures. Whether he is heaving clods of earth at his brother, faking a gangrenous toe, or trying to convince the world that he is dead, Tom's infectious energy and good-humor shine through.
The Adventures of Tom sawyer is Mark Twain's joyful and nostalgic recollection of tall tales from his own boyhood by the Mississippi some "thirty or forty years ago". It was an instant success on its first publication in 1876, and has continued to delight children of all ages ever since.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Missouri in 1835, the son of a lawyer. Early in his childhood, the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri a town which would provide the inspiration for St. Petersburg in Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. After a period spent as a traveling printer, Clemens became a river pilot on the Mississippi; a time he would look back upon as his happiest. When he turned to writing in his thirties, he adopted the pseudonym Mark Twain ("Mark Twain" is the cry of a Mississippi boatman taking dept measurements, and means "two fathoms"), and a number of highly successful publications followed, including The Prince and the Pauper (1882), Huckleberry Finn (1884) and A Connecticut Yankee (1889). His later life, however, was marked by personal tragedy and sadness, as well as financial difficulty. In 1894 several businesses in which he had invested failed, and he was declared bankrupt. Over the next fifteen years during which he managed to regain some measure of financial independence he saw the death of two of his beloved daughters, and his wife. Increasingly bitter and depressed, Twain died in 1910, aged seventy-five.
The handsome volumes in The Collectors Library present great works of world literature in a handy hardback format. Printed on high-quality paper and bound in real cloth, each complete and unabridged volume has a specially commissioned afterword, brief biography of the author and a further-reading list. This easily accessible series offers readers the perfect opportunity to discover, or rediscover, some of the world's most endearing literary works.
The volumes in The Collector's Library are sumptuously produced, enduring editions to own, to collect and to treasure.
Table of Contents
Illustrations Foreword Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Notice, Explanatory, Chapters 1-42, Chapter the Last)
Maps Explanatory Notes Glossary References Notes on the Text
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
Huckleberry Finn is a young boy who has been adopted by Widow Douglas due to difficulties with his drunken father. After becoming acquainted with her strict ways, Huck is kidnapped by his father, wanting Huck's money for alcohol. After spending months in a deserted house in the woods, Huck finally escapes, and decides to run away. On his voyage, he runs into Jim, Widow Douglas's slave. Together, they embark on a journey, filled with both misfortune and adventure. During this extended journey, Huckleberry and Jim endure snake bites, being mixed up in a series of murders, becoming separated from each other multiple times, running into trouble with the King, and much more. Throughout the long nights on the river they spend together, Jim and Huck become the best of friends. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless classic. Written as a sequel to the book the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this book provides a second side of the story. Although it is written in a way which is slightly hard to understand, the writing style emphasizes the various personalities of the characters. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless classic.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is an excellent specimen of American Literature. I found the book to be extremely thought provoking with many hidden messages disguised in the characters and their actions throughout the entire story. Huck Finn is more than just a book written for entertainment, Twain explores the various gender roles and stereotypes that existed in the late 1800s in a comical manner. Twain discusses slavery in American Society through the characters, Huck and Jim. He looks at civilization as seen through the eyes of Huck as compared to the eyes of Miss Watson. Twain explores relationships between Pap and Huck, and Jim and Huck. Twain even tackles the concept of imagination as seen through Jim¿s superstitious nature. Although Huck and Jim are the main characters that Twain uses to demonstrate his opinions, he also uses a plethora of other characters throughout the novel including, the Duke and the Dauphin, the Shepardsons and the Grangerfords, the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, and Tom Sawyer. Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Not only was it thought provoking, but also humorous at the same time. Twain tackles many topics that were considered controversial at the time, and puts himself on the line for criticism. I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who is willing to look at society in a different light, and who wants to be entertained at the same time.