Originally published in 1987. Popular from its first publication, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains at the centre of heated controversy. Is it an adult novel or juvenile fiction? Is Huck a new model hero from the West or just another amoral prankster? Harold Beaver reconciles these divergent views into a comprehensive and lively critical account of the novel and the complex debates which surround it.
Acknowledgments; Preface; Part One; 1. Missouri, Hannibal, Slavery 2. The Making of Huckleberry Finn 3. A Civil War among Huck’s Readers 4. What Kind of a Text?; Part Two; Huck’s World: The River and Its People 6. Sam Clemens and Huck Finn 7. Huck and Pap 8. Huck Adrift 9. Huck and Tom 10. Huck as Writer; Part Three; 11. The Writer as Huck 12. Soul-Butter and Hogwash 13. Mississippi Style 14. Run, Nigger, Run; Part Four; 15. Liberrians and Crickits; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
The 16 volumes in this set, originally published between 1963 and 1996, explore the American Novel, with a focus on several of the most influential authors in U.S. history. The volumes examine the works of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The titles in this set also explore the recurring themes in American Literature, particularly that of the ‘American Dream’. This set will be of interest to students of Literature and American History.