Higher Education

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1st Edition

  • Mark Twain
  • Susan K. Harris Pennsylvania State University
  • Paul Lauter Trinity College, General Editor
  • ISBN-10: 039598078X  |  ISBN-13: 9780395980781
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1958
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $21.50



In addition to the entire text of what some consider the quintessential American novel, this comprehensive volume features materials that help place the novel in perspective with its time and place. "Contexts" includes essays on the composition of the novel, the people and history of the Upper Mississippi Valley, slavery, and the critical reception of the novel upon its publication. "Readings" includes Henry Nash Smith's introduction to the 1958 Riverside Edition of the novel, as well as critical essays.

Table of Contents

I. Contexts
Victor Doyno, The Composition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
George E. Bates, Jr. et al., "Barges" from Historic Life Styles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley
Lorenzo J. Greene, Gary R. Kremer, and Antonio F. Holland, From Sunup to Sundown: The Life of the Slave
Rev. William Henry Milburn, from Pioneers, Preachers, and People of the Mississippi Valley
Lawrence W. Levine, William Shakespeare and the American People
Steven Mailloux, "The Bad-Boy Boom" from Rhetorical Power
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, from Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices
Victor Fischer, Huck Finn Reviewed: The Reception of Huckleberry Finn in the United States, 1885-1897
II. The Text
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
III. Readings
Henry Nash Smith, Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Alan Trachtenberg, The Form of Freedom in Huckleberry Finn
David L. Smith, Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse
Norman Mailer, Huckleberry Finn: Alive at 100
Toni Morrison, Re-Marking Twain
Works Cited
For Further Reading

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Paul Lauter

Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.