Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain’s most famous novel, perhaps the most famous American novel ever published, begins with a series of warnings: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot” (xxv). In all the long years since its publication in 1884, Twain’s disingenuous threat has availed little: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been dissected and discussed in extraordinary detail, and praised and blamed accordingly. Thus far at least, this disarmingly – or deceptively – simple tale of an outcast young boy attempting to help a runaway slave escape to freedom seems capable of …

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Smith, Thomas Ruys. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2007
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Picaresque narrative
  2. Literature of the American South
  3. Young Adult Literature