Mark Twain's witty, satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority, the Penguin Classics edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is edited with a critical introduction by Peter Coveney. Mark Twain's story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken, abusive 'Pap' and the 'sivilizing' Widow Douglas with runaway slave Jim, he embarks on a series of adventures ...
Mark Twain's witty, satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority, the Penguin Classics edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is edited with a critical introduction by Peter Coveney. Mark Twain's story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken, abusive 'Pap' and the 'sivilizing' Widow Douglas with runaway slave Jim, he embarks on a series of adventures that draw him to feuding families and the trickery of the unscrupulous 'Duke' and 'Dauphin'. Beneath the exploits, however, are more serious undercurrents - of slavery, adult control and, above all, of Huck's struggle between his instinctive goodness and the corrupt values of society which threaten his deep and enduring friendship with Jim. Based on the first edition of 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn includes a chronology and list of further reading by Richard Maxwell. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) trained as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river; 'Mark Twain', a phrase used on riverboats to indicate that the water is two fathoms deep, became the pseudonym by which he was best known. After the Civil War, Twain turned to journalism, publishing his first short story in 1865. Dubbed 'the father of American literature' by William Faulkner, Twain led a colourful life of travelling, bankruptcy and great literary success. If you enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you may like Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, also available in Penguin Classics. 'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn ...There has been nothing as good since' Ernest Hemingway 'Huckleberry Finn, like other great works of imagination, can give to every reader whatever he is capable of taking from it' T.S. Eliot
Near Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. A Limited Edition.; 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine.; 100 Greatest Books Ever Written.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Good. Hardcover. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First Edition (later printing). Original full green cloth with black lettering on the front cover and the lettering is gilt on spine. Modest wear. Front endpaper inexpertly attached to the front paste down. Moderate wear. Overall in GOOD condition. Rare early printing. Photos available upon request.
Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. 2nd Printing. 1891 hardcover first edition second printing book in better than very good condition. Gilt lettering on spine. Dark brown and black illustrations on front board; Black illustrations on spine. Many black and white illustrations within text. Very early reprint.
Fair. First edition, first printing, second state with all correct points. Cloth visible on frontis, stating Heliotype Printing Co., without signature to bust, page 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57 the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw", line 11 p 57; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides". Additional points are p143, line 7 B is broken in body, p. 155 with the final 5 extending below the first two numbers, No signature 11 to page 161, and the cancel p. 283 with the suggestive illustration cleaned up. Sold with all faults. Bound in publishers green cloth. Spine rebacked in green cloth with original spine. Original cloth in poor condition, moderate wear to boards, heavy wear to spine. Binding good. Lacking tissue guard for frontis. **Lacking the full page illustration of Tom Sawyer**. Soiling to pages with a few spots/stains to several pages. Page 15 of contents remounted (seems to be glue as the page is ruffled) to white paper, loss to margins. **Last two pages lacking, text replaced with typed paper copies. ** BAL 3415; Grolier, 100 American, 87; Johnson, pp. 43-50; Kevin MacDonnell, "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers, " Firsts; The Book Collector's Magazine, Volume 8, Number 9 (September 1998), pp. 28-35.
Kemble, Edward Windsor. Very Good. Illustrated with 174 illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble. First edition, later printing, with the following issue points: cancel title leaf with the copyright notice dated 1884 (second state), second state page 13 with the illustration "Him and Another Man" listed as page 87, second state page 57 "with the saw, " page 283 in the fourth state with a straight fly on a conjugate leaf, third state page 155 with the final five larger than the first, page 161 lacking the signature mark, leaf 238 blank, frontispiece in the third state without the tablecloth and with Photo-Gravure Company imprint. Publisher's decorative green cloth, with an illustration of Huck Finn to the front panel in green and gilt, lettered in green and gilt, plain endpapers. Very good or better, with the front hinge cracked and holding, some wear and light fraying to the extremities, some light spotting to the otherwise fresh pages, minor toning to the spine, a few faint spots to the page edges. Overall, a very presentable copy. BAL 3415. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a pseudo companion novel to Twain's highly successful The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876); although both are set in the antebellum South, Tom Sawyer is the tale of a young boy's mischievous adventures, while Huckleberry Finn involves a disenfranchised youth's moral dilemmas about social conflict. Huckleberry Finn is a youth who runs away from his alcoholic father and befriends Jim, a run-away African-American slave seeking freedom in the North. The dialog of the text features local dialects drawn from Twain's experiences living in the South. When it was first published in the United States in 1885, Huckleberry Finn was highly scrutinized and was banned by several libraries. Interestingly, the text was banned not for its saturation of racist vocabulary and prejudiced world-views, but for its depiction of criminal, lower class white Americans. Although it continued to be challenged in the 20th century for its depiction and treatment of African-Americans, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains one of the Great American Novels. Indeed, Ernest Hemingway proclaimed that it was the beginning of American literature: "There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
E. W. Kemble. Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First issue; first printing. BAL 3415. Original green cloth boards, with no repairs or restoration. "Him and another Man" is listed as at p.88. "with the was..." on page 57. "Huck Decided" on page 9. Page 283: The leaf is a cancel. Page 155 is state 3 (final 5 below the line). Worn at the spine ends and the corners. 1-1/2" tear at the bottom of the rear joint. The boards are scuffed. The hinges are cracked. Previous owner's signature, dated 24/3/85  on the FFEP. The tissue protecting the frontispiece is present but creased and torn.
Very Good. First edition. Later printing. 366,  Bound in publisher's green cloth. Good binding and cover. Light rubbing wear to edges, faint stain to bottom of front board. Foxing to frontis plate margins. Clean, unmarked pages, besides. Issue points: p. , the illustration captioned "Him and another Man" is correctly listed as at p. 87 (BAL second state); p. 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads "with the saw" (BAL second state); p. 283 is a cancel, with the engraving redone; p. 155, the final "5" in the pagination broken (not noted in BAL or McBride); the frontispiece portrait has the imprint of the Photo-Gravure Co. N.Y. and the tablecloth, or scarf, on which the bust rests not visible (BAL third state). BAL 3415; Grolier, 100 American, 87; Johnson, pp. 43-50; Kevin MacDonnell, "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers, " Firsts; The Book Collector's Magazine, Volume 8, Number 9 (September 1998), pp. 28-35.
Fine. A professionally re-backed copy in very good+ condition with the original decorated green cloth back strip and cloth covered boards with gilt and black text on the spine and the same on the front board. The original end sheets have been retained with new front and rear hinges. An early prior owner's name ("L. W. Jordan of Balto" MD March 10th 1885) appears on the second free end page in pencil. The text block is tight and complete with occasional spots of foxing and soiling throughout. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 6 1/2" with the tips of the boards previously bumped and repaired and with the preliminaries (up to the title page) lightly soiled and tanned. This volume is a mixed state first printing of the first edition as the title-leaf, with an 1884 copyright date, is bound in. On page  under "Chapter V" the reading is "Huck Decided to Leave." The illustration "Him and Another Man" is listed as being on page 88 where in this case the illustration appears on page 87 (1st state). The 11th line from the bottom of page 57 reads "with the was" (1st state). The second "5" of the page number "155" is missing (1st state). Considered to be Mark Twain's masterpiece and for generations known as a true American classic. (BAL 3415; MacDonnell, Firsts Magazine Sept. 1998; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-76; McBride, pp. 92-121)
Published in the United States in 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn portrays the continuing story of one of the main characters first introduced in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Wanting to escape his abusive father, Huck runs away. Huck is joined with Jim, a runaway slave who fears being sold. Huck and Jim encounter all sorts of adventures and unique people on their way down the Mississippi River. The book also serves as a commentary on slavery and race relations in the nineteenth century. Thus, there is much more to this book than a boy simply narrating his adventures as he runs away with an escaped slave. True, the book uses words which would be considered offensive by present standards; moreover, some would say that this is a racist book. However, the book must be interpreted and analyzed in the time in which it was written. With this book, Mark Twain capably presents a social issue from the perspective of a boy seeking a better situation. I found Huck Finn more enjoyable as I read it right after I finished Tom Sawyer; while one does not have to read Tom Sawyer to understand Huck Finn, one will get a lot more out this book if the prequel is read first.
Mar 3, 2011
Book in very good shape. Was sent out and arrived in great shape and promptly. Would recommend to anyone
Dec 29, 2009
read it for a reason
I call this an onion (or parfait!) book, best understood by recognizing its layers. While many people "enjoy" Huck when they are children, it's best read by adults or teens with their eyes and ears open. Twain gives us harsh criticism of all American society, disguised as an adventure. The only decent human being in the book is Jim, and that was Twain's point. Twain wrote in reaction to how he saw people treating each other, but he knew no one would read it if it began "You all need to be nicer!" At every turn we get a semi-humorous event with a terribly dark underbelly. If you don't pay attention, you'll miss the very serious nature of this novel.
Sep 27, 2009
Huck & Jim's Serendipitous Salvation
Of all the endings possible for 'Huckleberry Finn,' only one would have made any sense. My own, uneducated guess is that Mark Twain didn't want (or didn't have the courage) to go that way, so he tacked on a resolution clapped together from maudlin slop and preposterous coincidence. When I put my mean eye on 'Huck Finn,' I can literally see where the fix was thrown in. It couldn't be clearer had the author drawn a line across the bottom of chapter 31.
Thus what might have been one of the world's great tragedies became what is yet one of the world's great pieces of kiddie lit. The world declares it so and so it will remain, which is some consolation because the book remains a tragedy of a sort.
The world needs kiddie lit, whether adults enjoy it or not. That's why 'Huckleberry Finn' will outlast ten thousand writers like me. It will survive all attempts to pry it out of its place in the canon and future generations will have to suffer that awful resolution just as I did. Most people don't notice anything wrong with it, anyway.
The upshot is that 'Huck Finn' is immortal: it is a thing like warfare or venereal disease. And if (unlike most Americans) you've read all of Mark Twain, you know the old geezer would have chortled at and cherished that thought.
When I was a lad of nine years, I'd have rated "Huckleberry Finn" at six stars, my logic then being that five were not enough. Today, 61 years old, getting on toward the end of a hard life, I give it three stars for the three fourths of the book that are truly superb. The rest of it is goo.
Feb 26, 2009
It's a Classic, Right?
Don't get me wrong, Twain's a good writer, but calling this book the foundation of American literature is perhaps going a bit far in the praise department. Twain's address of race and youth in pre-Civil War Mississippi is a thought-provoking message for adults, but this books maybe isn't the children's book that it's been labeled as. Aside from the "N" word that covers every page, the very portrayal of Jim the runaway slave is awkward for those not of white descent. The story, also, descends into the kind of farcical rudeness that Tom Sawyer is famous for, so it's not exactly an idea adult book either. My advice is to buy it for your kid before they go to college and advise them to not bother reading anything past chapter 10. Then again, it's one of those books that you "ought" to read, so . . .
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