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
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
Alfred Kazin was born in Brooklyn in 1915. His first book, On Native Grounds, published in 1942, revolutionized critical perceptions of American literature. It was followed by many more books of essays and criticism, including A Walker in the City and, most recently, Writing Was Everything.
Kazin has taught at Harvard, Smith, Amherst, Hunter College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1996, he received the Truman Capote Literary Trust's first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism.
Kazin lives in New York City.
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It's the best book we've had." --Ernest Hemingway