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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is
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Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Humorous fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
New York : Random House, c1996
(OCoLC)603699017
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Twain
ISBN: 0679448896 9780679448891
OCLC Number: 34554761
Description: xxviii, 418 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Life of Mark Twain --
Discover Moses and the Bulrushers --
Our Gang's Dark Oath --
We Ambuscade the A-rabs --
The Hair-ball Oracle --
Pap Starts in on a New Life --
Pap Struggles with the Death Angel --
I Fool. Pap and Get Away --
I Spare Miss Watson's Jim --
The House of Death Floats By --
What Comes of Handlin Snake-skin --
They're After Us! --
"Better Let Blame Well Alone" --
Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott" --
Was Solomon Wise? --
Fooling Poor Old Jim --
The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Work --
The Grangerfords Take Me In --
Why Harney Rode Away for His Hat --
The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboard --
What Royalty Did to Parkville --
An Arkansas Difficulty --
Why the Lynching Bee Failed --
The Orneriness of Kings --
The King Turns Parson --
All Full of Tears and Flapdoodle --
I Steal the King's Plunder --
Dead Peter Has His Gold --
Overreaching Don't Pay --
I Light Out in the Storm --
The Gold Saves the Thieves --
You Can't Pray a Lie --
I Have a New Name --
The Pitiful Ending of Royalty --
We Cheer Up Jim --
Dark, Deep-Laid Plans --
Trying to Help Jim --
Jim Gets His Witch Pie --
"Here a Captive Heart Busted" --
Tom Writes Nonnamous Letters --
A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescue --
"Must 'a' Been Sperits" --
Why They Didn't Hang Jim.
Responsibility: Mark Twain ; introduction by Justin Kaplan ; foreword and addendum by Victor Doyno.
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The changes, deletions, and additions that Mark Twain made in the first half of the original manuscript (changes that are larger and more numerous and significant than those he made in the second half) indicate that he frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational work than the book he finally published.

He deleted an episode in which whites at a religious camp meeting try to avoid the embraces of a black slave woman - a woman who may think, mistakenly, that she has just been freed. And even in its smallest variations - such as the consistent alteration of vicious rawhide whippings to ordinary cowhide whippings - the original manuscript demonstrates the skill, the restraint, and the constraints that affected Mark Twain's creative process.

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