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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of Huck Finn, the son of the town drunkerd, and his travels with the fugitive slave, Jim, whom he treats as an equal. The story is narrated in the first person by Huck who is a ner-do-well from the lower levels of Southern white society. The book caused controversy soon after publication when it was banned by the trustees of the Concord Massachusetts Public Library as "trash and suitable only for the slums". They went on to further state "it deals with a series of adventures of a very low grade of morality; it is couched in the language of a rough dialect, and all through its pages there is a systematic use of bad
grammar and an employment of rough, coarse, inelegant expressions." Since its first publication, "Huck Finn" has both caused controversy and influenced the course of American literature. (© Amazon.com)

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Author Biography:

Born in Florida, Missouri, Clemens moved with his family to Hannibal, Missouri, a port on the Mississippi River, when he was four years old. In 1851 he began setting type for and contributing sketches to his brother Orion's Hannibal Journal. Later, Clemens was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River until the American Civil War (1861-1865). In 1862 he became a reporter on the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada, and in 1863 he began signing his articles with the pseudonym Mark Twain, a Mississippi River phrase meaning "two fathoms deep." In 1865 Twain published "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and within months the author and the story had become national sensations.

Much of Twain's best work was written in the 1870s and 1880s. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) celebrates boyhood in a town on the Mississippi River; The Prince and the Pauper (1882), a children's book, focuses on switched identities in Tudor England; and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) satirizes oppression in feudal England (see Feudalism). One of Twain's most significant works of the 1890s and 1900s is Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), a novel set in the South before the Civil War that criticizes racism by focusing on mistaken racial identities. More...

http://www.hannibal-missouri.com/Twain.html (Garth Woodside Mansion)

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