Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive withthe poetry and vigor of the American people, MarkTwain's story about a young boy and his journeydown the Mississippi was the first great novel tospeak in a truly American voice. Influencingsubsequent generations of writers -- from SherwoodAnderson to Twain's fellow Missourian, T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and WilliamFaulkner to J.D. Salinger --"Huckleberry Finn," like the riverwhich flows through its pages, is one of the greatsources which nourished and still nourishes theliterature of America.
About the Author
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American humorist and writer, who is best known for his enduring novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called the Great American Novel. Raised in Hannibal, Missouri, Twain held a variety of jobs including typesetter, riverboat pilot, and miner before achieving nationwide attention for his work as a journalist with The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. He earned critical and popular praise for his wit and enjoyed a successful career as a public speaker in addition to his writing. Twain s works were remarkable for his ability to capture colloquial speech, although his adherence to the vernacular of the time has resulted in the suppression of his works by schools in modern times. Twain s birth in 1835 coincided with a visit by Halley s Comet, and Twain predicted, accurately, that he would go out with it as well, dying the day following the comet s return in 1910.
Alfred Kazin was Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author and editor of many books, including "A Writer's America: Landscape in American Literature".
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It's the best book we've had." --Ernest Hemingway