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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $14.00
  • December 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-96640-4
  • 416 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Norton Critical Editions

Third Edition


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Mark Twain (Author), Thomas Cooley (Editor, Ohio State University)


This perennially popular Norton Critical Edition reprints for the first time the definitive Iowa-California text of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, complete with all original illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble and John Harley. The text is accompanied by explanatory annotations.

"Contexts and Sources" provides readers with a rich selection of documents related to the historical background, language, composition, sale, reception, and newly discovered first half of the manuscript of Mark Twain's greatest work. Included are letters on the writing of the novel, excerpts from the author's autobiography, samples of bad poetry that inspired his satire (including an effort by young Sam Clemens himself), a section on the censorship of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by schools and libraries over a hundred-year period, and commentary by David Carkeet on dialects of the book and by Earl F. Briden on its "racist" illustrations. In addition, this section reprints the full texts of both "Sociable Jimmy," upon which is based the controversial theory that Huck speaks in a "black voice," and "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word As I Heard It," the first significant attempt by Mark Twain to capture the speech of an African American in print.

"Criticism" of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is divided into "Early Responses" (including the first negative review) and "Modern Views" by Victor A. Doyno, T. S. Eliot, Jane Smiley, David L. Smith, Shelley Fisher Fishkin (the "black voice" thesis), James R. Kincaid (a rebuttal of Fishkin), and David R. Sewell. Also included is Toni Morrison's moving personal "Introduction" to the troubling experience of reading and re-reading Mark Twain's masterpiece.

“A Chronology and Selected Bibliography” are also included.


    Preface to the Third Edition

    A Note on the Text and Illustrations

    The Text of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Contexts and Sources

    1. Mark Twain, [Letters about Huckleberry Finn], From the Autobiography

    The “Poet Lariat,” the “Sweet Singer of Michigan,” and Young Sam Clemens

    1. Bloodgood H. Cutter, On the Death of His Beloved Wife
    2. Julia A. Moore, Little Andrew
    3. Sam Clemens, To Jennie and To Mollie
    1. Publishing Circular, Confidential Terms to Agents

    A Banned Book: One Hundred Years of “Trouble” for Huck’s Book

    1. Boston Transcript, March 1885
    2. Springfield Republican, March 1885
    3. Mark Twin, Replies to the Newspapers
    4. John H. Wallace, The Case against Huck Finn
    1. Earl F. Briden, Kemble’s “Specialty” and the Pictorial Countertext of Huckleberry Finn
    2. David Carkeet, The Dialects in Huckleberry Finn
    3. Mark Twain, A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It, Sociable Jimmy


    Early Responses

    1. [William Earnest Henley], [Review] The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    2. Brander Matthews, [Review: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]
    3. [Robert Bridges], Mark Twin’s Blood-Curdling Humor
    4. Thomas Sergeant Perry, [The First Major American Review]

    Modern Views

    1. Victor A. Doyo, From Writing Huck Finn: Mark Twain’s Creative Process
    2. T. S. Eliot, [Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]
    3. Jane Smiley, Say It Ain’t So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain’s “Masterpiece”
    4. David L. Smith, Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse
    5. Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Jimmy [from Was Huck Black?]
    6. James R. Kincaid, Voices on the Mississippi [Review of Was Huck Black?]
    7. Toni Morrison, [The Amazing, Troubling Book]

    Mark Twain: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography