Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.78 in
Published: April 1, 1995
Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140366768
ISBN - 13: 9780140366761
From the Publisher
Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark Twain''s story about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi was the first great novel to speak in a truly American voice. Influencing subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood Anderson to Twain''s fellow Missourian, T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner to J.D. Salinger -- "Huckleberry Finn," like the river which flows through its pages, is one of the great sources which nourished and still nourishes the literature of America.
About the Author
Samuel Clemens - steamboat pilot, prospector, and newspaper reporter - adopted the pen name "Mark Twain" when he began his career as a literary humorist. The pen name - a river's pilot's term meaning "two fathoms deep" or "safe water" - appears to have freed Clemens to develop the humorous, deadpan manner that became his trademark. During his lifetime, Twain wrote a great deal. Much of his writing was turned out quickly to make money. Even his least significant writing, however, contains flashes of wit and reveals his marvelous command of colloquial American English. His best work is his "Mississippi writing" - Life on the Mississippi (1883) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). In the latter novel Twain was able to integrate his talent for comic invention with his satirical cast of mind and sense of moral outrage. Novelist Ernest Hemingway declared The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the greatest American novel and the source of all modern American fiction. Certainly it influenced Hemingway's own work and that of writers as diverse as Saul Bellow and J.D. Salinger. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal, a small southern town very similar to the one in which he places his heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain was a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot, a profession he regarded with great respect all his life. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story "The Celebra
From Our Editors
A brash, ill-mannered, rough and yet strangely innocent boy, Huck Finn has a reputation for getting into serious trouble — and having the most wonderful adventures a boy could ever hope for! In his second boy antihero, Mark Twain continued his wonderful portrait of American life on the Mississippi after the Civil War, so wonderfully rendered in the companion to this novel, Tom Sawyer. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins with poor Huck, safely living with the pious and well-intentioned Widow Douglas, having his fill of the inconsistencies in the Bible and turning tail and fleeing and faking his own death much like his best friend did in another tale. Along with Jim, the runaway slave, Huck takes a raft and goes on an unforgettable journey down the river and toward a strange type of freedom. Written with the same marvellous idiomatic language of Tom Sawyer and rich in the character studies that make it a classic, this edition of Huck Finn makes a welcome addition to the Puffin Classics library.