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 ...
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).
(Tom Sawyer's Comrade) Scene: The Mississippi Valley. Time: Forty to Fifty Years Ago. 1st Ed., 2nd State (bound with staples). xvi + 438pp. + [ii] + 32pp. publ. cat. dated October 1884. 174 ills. by E.W. Kemble. Some light marginal browning, p.3-4 of adverts. torn with loss, some ownership signature, lower hinge tender, brown floral e. ps. with very sl. staining to edges, shaken, original gilt lettered red pictorial cloth, some soiling and light waterstaining, spine browned and chipped with split at head. Precedes the American Edition.
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. A Limited Edition.; A Limited Edition. The 100 Greatest Books of All Time.; 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. A Limited Edition.; 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Fair. First edition, first printing, first 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.
Octavo, 396pp. Hardcover without jacket as issued with slipcase in VG-. Slipcase is in poor condition; top portion is missing and has general edge-wear. Light bumping and shelf-wear. Sunning to spine, otherwise cloth-bound boards are clean. Green top-stain. No markings or creases to the text. Binding is sturdy. Designated copy 696 of 1500 on the limitations page, which bears Thomas Hart Benton's signature. Shelve: CASE #2 Spine is brown with black text on yellow paper spine label. Dupont.
G: in Good condition without dust jacket. Cover rubbed and darkened with spine repair. Some foxing and marks within. Corners bumped. Book plate to front paste down. 190mm x 130mm (7" x 5"). xvi, 438pp + ads. 174 b/w illustrations. First issue with October 1884 catalogue.
Fair. Book First Edition-First State. Boubd in green cloth. The Title Page is a cancel. Title Page has 1884 Copyright on verso. The Heading for Chapter 6 on the first Contents page reads "decided" (later corrected to "Decides." "Him and another man" listed incorrectly at page 88 (on the Illustrations list on page 13). On page 57, eleven lines from the bottom it reads: "with the was" which was later changed to with the saw. On the Frontispiece under bust of. Twain, the Tablecloth is visible and the "Heliotype Printing Co." imprint is present. On page 143 the "l" (L) is missing in "Col" that is part of the Illustration at the top line of text. Also on page 143, line 7 with a Broken "b."On page 155, the second "5" is missing entirely. Signature mark "11" is missing on page 161. Page 283 is a cancel sheet. Final leaf is a blank. The book is very worn and the rear boarb is detached but present.
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.
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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