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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Publisher Comments:

"A GOLD MINE FOR SCHOLARS." <BR> *Deidre Carmody <BR> The New York Times <P><BR>Now, in this extraordinary literary discovery, the original first half of Mark Twain's American masterpiece is available for the first time ever to a general readership. Lost for more than a century, the passages reinstated in this edition reveal a novel even more controversial than the version Twain published in 1885, and provide an invaluable insight into his creative process. <P><BR>The changes that Mark Twain made indicate that he frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational work than the book he finally published. Even in its smallest variations, the original manuscript demonstrates the skill, the restraint, and the constraints that affected Mark Twain's thinking. This edition, then, not only presents the Huckleberry Finn that has delighted and provoked readers everywhere for more than a century, but also brings forward the original book behind the book. <P><BR>A breakthrough of unparalleled impact, this comprehensive edition of an American classic is the final rebuttal in the tireless debate of "what Mark Twain really meant." <P><BR>"[A] masterly restoration . . . I wish this new version of Huckleberry Finn would be distributed to all the nation's classrooms as the basic text and lead to a badly needed reconsideration of the questions it raises." <BR> *James A. McPherson <BR> Chicago Tribune <P><BR>"Thoughtfully respects Twain's intentions." <BR> *Gary Lee Stronum <BR> The Cleveland Plain Dealer <P><BR>With a foreword and addendum by Victor Doyno

Synopsis:

The recent discovery of the first half of Mark Twain's manuscript of ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, long thought lost, was a monumental literary coup and an international news story. This landmark edition, which contains for the first time additional episodes and variations from the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, will now become the definitive version of this essential American classic.

Here is a darker, more satirical, more confrontational HUCKLEBERRY FINN, one that includes more provocative glimpses of racism and violence than Mark Twain eventually thought prudent for publication. This edition presents not only the book that has delighted and bedeviled readers for more than a century, but also the startling book behind the book.

As prize-winning Mark Twain biographer Justin Kaplan writes in his introduction, "We see at work a writer with a near-perfect ear for the right word and the right shading of idiom as he maneuvers between his purpose as a...literary artist and the diplomatic or expedient concessions he sometimes felt he had to make to the conventional taste of his audience and the demands of the book business".

Synopsis:

"A GOLD MINE FOR SCHOLARS."

*Deidre Carmody

The New York Times

Now, in this extraordinary literary discovery, the original first half of Mark Twain's American masterpiece is available for the first time ever to a general readership. Lost for more than a century, the passages reinstated in this edition reveal a novel even more controversial than the version Twain published in 1885, and provide an invaluable insight into his creative process.

The changes that Mark Twain made indicate that he frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational work than the book he finally published. Even in its smallest variations, the original manuscript demonstrates the skill, the restraint, and the constraints that affected Mark Twain's thinking. This edition, then, not only presents the Huckleberry Finn that has delighted and provoked readers everywhere for more than a century, but also brings forward the original book behind the book.

A breakthrough of unparalleled impact, this comprehensive edition of an American classic is the final rebuttal in the tireless debate of "what Mark Twain really meant."

"[A] masterly restoration . . . I wish this new version of Huckleberry Finn would be distributed to all the nation's classrooms as the basic text and lead to a badly needed reconsideration of the questions it raises."

*James A. McPherson

Chicago Tribune

"Thoughtfully respects Twain's intentions."

*Gary Lee Stronum

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

With a foreword and addendum by Victor Doyno

About the Author

George Saunders, who was chosen in 1999 by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers age forty and under, is the award-winning author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449912720
Foreword:
Kaplan, Justin
Introduction:
Kaplan, Justin
Author:
Twain, Mark
Author:
Kaplan, Justin
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Mississippi river
Subject:
Mississippi River Fiction.
Subject:
Finn, Huckleberry
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Finn, huckleberry (fictitious character)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
104-156
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.28x5.58x1.16 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780449912720 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The recent discovery of the first half of Mark Twain's manuscript of ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, long thought lost, was a monumental literary coup and an international news story. This landmark edition, which contains for the first time additional episodes and variations from the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, will now become the definitive version of this essential American classic.

Here is a darker, more satirical, more confrontational HUCKLEBERRY FINN, one that includes more provocative glimpses of racism and violence than Mark Twain eventually thought prudent for publication. This edition presents not only the book that has delighted and bedeviled readers for more than a century, but also the startling book behind the book.

As prize-winning Mark Twain biographer Justin Kaplan writes in his introduction, "We see at work a writer with a near-perfect ear for the right word and the right shading of idiom as he maneuvers between his purpose as a...literary artist and the diplomatic or expedient concessions he sometimes felt he had to make to the conventional taste of his audience and the demands of the book business".

"Synopsis" by , "A GOLD MINE FOR SCHOLARS."

*Deidre Carmody

The New York Times

Now, in this extraordinary literary discovery, the original first half of Mark Twain's American masterpiece is available for the first time ever to a general readership. Lost for more than a century, the passages reinstated in this edition reveal a novel even more controversial than the version Twain published in 1885, and provide an invaluable insight into his creative process.

The changes that Mark Twain made indicate that he frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational work than the book he finally published. Even in its smallest variations, the original manuscript demonstrates the skill, the restraint, and the constraints that affected Mark Twain's thinking. This edition, then, not only presents the Huckleberry Finn that has delighted and provoked readers everywhere for more than a century, but also brings forward the original book behind the book.

A breakthrough of unparalleled impact, this comprehensive edition of an American classic is the final rebuttal in the tireless debate of "what Mark Twain really meant."

"[A] masterly restoration . . . I wish this new version of Huckleberry Finn would be distributed to all the nation's classrooms as the basic text and lead to a badly needed reconsideration of the questions it raises."

*James A. McPherson

Chicago Tribune

"Thoughtfully respects Twain's intentions."

*Gary Lee Stronum

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

With a foreword and addendum by Victor Doyno

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