ISBN-10:
0393966402
ISBN-13:
9780393966404
Pub. Date:
12/17/1998
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 3

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 3

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393966404
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/17/1998
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 91,160
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others.

Thomas Cooley (PhD, Indiana University) is Emeritus Professor of English at The Ohio State University. In addition to The Norton Sampler, he is the editor of Back to the Lake, the Norton Critical Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the author of several other books, among them Educated Lives: The Rise of Modern Autobiography in America and The Ivory Leg in the Ebony Cabinet: Madness, Race, and Gender in Victorian America.

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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