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Bio-Bibliographies in the Performing Arts, #1: The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finnby Laurie Champion
Synopses & Reviews
Proclaimed by H.L. Mencken as one of the great masterpieces of the world and by Ernest Hemingway as the source of all modern American literature, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains firmly established in both the American and world literary canons as a classic work of literature. Yet it continues to have its critical detractors and still arouses the kind of impassioned controversy that banned it from the Concord, Massachusetts, Public Library on publication as trashy and vicious. The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn contains newspaper articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays spanning the period from the early response in the 1880s, through the centennial celebration, to the present.
The collection reflects the major literary trends and issues of response to Huckleberry Finn, such as the persistent attempts to ban the book, the literary criticism concerning the book's ending, and the many thematic interpretations. Among the essayists included are literary figures such as T.S. Eliot and Twain specialist scholars such as Walter Blair, Leo Marx, and James Cox. The text of an ABC-TV Nightline News Special on the centennial, Huckleberry Finn: Literature or Racist Trash is printed. Editor Champion provides an introductory overview on the range and issues of critical response, a feature on the various adaptations of Huckleberry Finn, and a bibliography of additional scholarship. Of interest to any scholar or researcher of Mark Twain, the collection would be valuable to teachers and students reading Huckleberry Finn at any level from high school upward.
Book News Annotation:
A collection of newspaper articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays about Twain's 1885, now classic novel, from its publication to the present. Some of Twain's responses to the responses are also included, among the liveliest, his reaction to the Connecticut Library Committee's banning of the book.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Among essayists included are literary figures such as T.S. Eliot and Twain scholars Walter Blair, Leo Marx, and James Cox. Champion provides an introductory overview on the range and issues of critical response, a feature on adaptations, and a bibliography of additional scholarship.
The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn contains articles, reviews, and scholarly essays spanning the period from the original publication of the novel in 1885 to the present. The collection reflects the major literary trends and issues of response to the book--such as persistent attempts to ban it, literary criticism concerning its ending, and many thematic interpretations. Among essayists included are literary figures such as T. S. Eliot and Twain scholars Walter Blair, Leo Marx, and James Cox. Champion provides an introductory overview on the range and issues of critical response, a feature on adaptations of Huckleberry Finn, and a bibliography of additional scholarship.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -251) and index.
About the Author
LAURIE CHAMPION, a graduate student at the University of North Texas, is working on a collection of critical essays on Eudora Welty's fiction to appear in the same Greenwood Press series.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Cameron Northouse
Mark Twain in a Dilemma--A Victim of a Joke He Thinks the Most Unkindest Cut of All
Estes &Lauriat Lawsuit
The Concord Library Committee's Banning of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Attributed to William Ernest Henley
Huckleberry Finn by Brander Matthews
Modern Comic Literature Attributed to Andrew Lang
Mark Twain by Thomas Sergeant Perry
Huckleberry Finn is Fifty Years Old--Yes; But is He Respectable? by Asa Don Dickinson
Books in General by V. S. Pritchett
Come Back to the Raft Agi'n, Huck Honey! by Leslie Fiedler
Introduction by T.S. Eliot
Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn by Leo Marx
A Sound Heart and a Deformed Conscience by Henry Nash Smith
The Raft Episode in Huckleberry Finn by Peter G. Beidler
The Form of Freedom in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Alan Trachtenberg
The Paradox of Liberation in Huckleberry Finn by Neil Schmitz
Was Huckleberry Finn Written? by Walter Blair
The Dialects in Huckleberry Finn by David Carkeet
Mark Twain, Huck Finn, and Jacob Blivens: Gilt-Edged, Tree-Calf Morality in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Harold H. Kolb, Jr.
The Making of a Humorist: The Narrative Strategy of Huckleberry Finn by Barry A. Marks
Huckleberry Finn is a Moral Story by Robert Nadeau
Huck Finn is Offensive by John H. Wallace
"Sivilizing" Huck Finn by Roger Sutton
Reagan and Huck Finn: The Twain Meet: The President Defends the Values of an American Classic by Lawrence Feinberg
Huckleberry Finn: Literature or Racist Trash?
Huck Finn: 100 Years of Durn Fool Problems by Lou Willett Stanek
Huck at 100 by Leo Marx
Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by David Heim
A Hard Book to Take by James M. Cox
Run, Nigger, Run by Harold Beaver
The Recomposition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Louis J. Budd
The Characterization of Jim in Huckleberry Finn by Forrest G. Robinson
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Tom Quirk
Mark Twain and the Fires of Controversy: Teaching Racially-Sensitive Literature: Or, "Say That "N' Word and Out You Go" by Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua
Critical Views on Adaptations of Huckleberry Finn by Laurie Champion
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