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.
Table of Contents
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