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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 (Book - 1996 )
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Presents all of Mark Twains's books in the format in which they were first published, including the original illustrations

Oxford University Press
If any one writer stands at the heart of American literature it is Mark Twain. With his wild head of hair, thick mustache, and brilliant white suit, he is more recognizable than any living writer, and in his time he was, as he himself put it, "the most conspicuous person on the planet." He is certainly America's most popular writer--arguably the most popular American writer the world over--and the greatest humorist we have ever known, a marvelous teller of tall tales, a genial entertainer, a consistently quotable sage. He is also one of our finest satirists, who penned withering attacks on hypocrisy and corruption (he once said he wrote with "a pen warmed up in hell") and in his most serious works, such as Huckleberry Finn and Pudd'nhead Wilson, he cast a profound light on the darkest recesses of the nation's psyche.
The twenty-nine-volume Oxford Mark Twain is a major literary event. In addition to gathering together a superb collection of Twain's works, editor Shelley Fisher Fishkin has commissioned some of our most eminent living writers to introduce each volume with their personal insights and experiences of Twain. Readers will find, for instance, Toni Morrison reflecting on Huckleberry Finn, Kurt Vonnegut on Connecticut Yankee, Arthur Miller on Twain's Autobiography, Roy Blount Jr. on The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, E.L. Doctorow on Tom Sawyer, Willie Morris on Life on the Mississippi, Garry Wills on Christian Science, and Cynthia Ozick on The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays. Other writers include Gore Vidal, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Plimpton, Ward Just, Russell Banks, Bobbie Ann Mason, Malcolm Bradbury, Nat Hentoff, Sherley Anne Williams, Justin Kaplan, Walter Mosley, Erica Jong, Judith Martin ("Miss Manners"), David Bradley, Frederick Pohl, Mordecai Richler, Lee Smith, Anne Bernays, Charles Johnson, Fred Busch, and actor Hal Holbrook (who introduces Twain's collected speeches). And each volume includes an afterword by a noted scholar--such as Louis J. Budd, Victor A. Doyno, Leslie A. Fiedler, James A. Miller, Linda Wagner-Martin, Forrest Robinson, M. Thomas Inge, Fred Kaplan, Susan Harris, and David L. Smith--who place the work in the context of Twain's career and the literary and social climate of the time. In effect, the set gathers together an literary who's who, all of whom reflect on what Mark Twain's work means to them as writers and scholars, and what he means to our literary history and to our culture as a whole. Taken together, these introductions and afterwords provide a major reevaluation of Twain, allowing readers to see his work in fresh ways.
But of course the most important thing is the work itself. Here is the full range of Twain's remarkably prolific career, including The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Tramp Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg, The Million Pound Banknote, Following the Equator, and Extracts from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven. Readers will find freewheeling parodies and burlesques, Twain's inimitable travel pieces, rich and complex portraits of childhood along the Mississippi, ghost stories and detective stories, irreverent lampoons of corrupt politicians, dark ruminations on the nature of humanity, and sharp-tongued editorials on the events of his day (such as Belgian imperialism in Africa or anti-Semitism in Vienna). Many of the works included here--such as Sketches, New and Old, A Tramp Abroad, The American Claimant, Is Shakespeare Dead? and Joan of Arc--have not been readily available for decades.
Equally important, The Oxford Mark Twain is a facsimile of the first American editions of Twain's work, and includes all the original illustrations, some of which were drawn by Twain himself, and many of which have not been seen since these editions went out of print. Moreover, in each volume containing art, Fishkin has commissioned an essay on that volume's illustrations and the artists responsible. Captivating in themselves, these illustrations add an extra dimension to the narratives that has been missing for a hundred years. Each volume also includes, as its frontispiece, a specially selected photo of Twain around the age he was when he wrote the book at hand.
The Oxford Mark Twain is an unprecedented undertaking and a cause for celebration. Colorful, irreverent, romantic, skeptical, a master of comic asides, a bittersweet humorist, and an unflinching critic of human pretensions, Mark Twain speaks to us across time with verve and wisdom. Combining the works themselves, reflections on Twain by some of our leading writers and scholars, and the original illustrations--all at a very affordable price--this superb twenty-nine-volume set will be treasured by everyone.

Authors: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Twain ; foreword, Shelley Fisher Fishkin ; introduction, Toni Morrison ; afterword, Victor A. Doyno
Title: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
Characteristics: xli, 366 p., 49 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Notes: Facsimile reproduction of the first American ed., published New York, Charles L. Webster and Co., 1885
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Mississippi River Fiction Boys Missouri Fiction Boys Travel Mississippi River Fiction Finn, Huckleberry (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Adventure fiction
Topical Term: Boys
Boys
Finn, Huckleberry (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 96016585
ISBN: 0195113454
0195090888
0195114094
0195101405
Research Call Number: JFD 97-3381
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Aug 19, 2014
  • nmukhammad rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gloomier than previous book of Mark Twain. Illustrated harsh, dark times of slavery better than some textbooks. Very self-indulging once begin it, you cannot stop till the end.

Feb 10, 2014
  • slooper rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Laughed until I cried for several pages for the first time in years. I had to stop to catch my breath to make it paragraph by paragraph. This book is good therapy for the soul as well as engaging literature. I didn't appreciate it as a teenager the way I do now at 46.

Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic novels (my #6) of the western world. Contains humour, and many interesting characters and situations as the boys travel the Mississippi by raft. See my GerryD Lists for other great novels.

Rereading a classic---I love doing this every summer.

Sep 04, 2012
  • dbed rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Historically interesting, but very hard to read due to the accents of the characters.

Jul 08, 2012
  • Madymino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Speechless. I was left speechless. This book was the first ever to make me laugh, cry, smile, frown. It won my heart right over more than any other novel has. I fell in love with the book and Huck's character who gradually changes. He is very smart and has such a sense of adventure it's incredible. The way the characters pronounce things is the way it's written in the book. So you can really tell how the character speaks and it adds depth to their character. I highly recommend this book to all readers and especially the ones into adventure. Go on ahead and give it a shot! You won't regret it.

Apr 27, 2012
  • Sangkari_29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

OMG is is a really good book if you understand what it is trying to say it's really easy to read the book. Read it and you will get your imagination started.But the thing is it is quite difficult to understand this book because the way they talk is different. The spelling is spelt by the way they communicated. But otherwise READ IT!!!

Feb 18, 2012
  • dane_johnson rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Super irritating pictures on almost every page, and the book is huge

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Aug 23, 2012
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Jul 29, 2012
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Apr 27, 2012
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Aug 19, 2014
  • nmukhammad rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.........

Apr 27, 2012
  • Sangkari_29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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Apr 27, 2012
  • Sangkari_29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There is some inappropriate words such as ; nigger

Apr 27, 2012
  • Sangkari_29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Racism

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Jul 30, 2012
  • Eithelen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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."
-Opening

Jul 29, 2012
  • Eithelen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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.

Jul 01, 2012
  • Madymino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Now, we'll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer's Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood." -Tom Sawyer

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