Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn

Huck Finn

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn:
Text, Illustrations, and Early Reviews

This collection offers a complete early edition of Huckleberry Finn, the 174 illustrations from the first edition, and the obscene illustration that appeared in the sales prospectuses. Also included: dozens of early reviews from newspapers and magazines across the country; early ads; the London and American first edition covers; and a 1930 article by E.W. Kemble describing his experiences illustrating Huckleberry Finn compiled by Virginia H. Cope at University of Virginia.

  1. First read this article about the PBS show, "Born to Trouble. A second source for the article.
  2. My study guide for Huck Finn by Chapter
  3. The best net resource for Huck Finn is by Dawn Hogue. In addition, her excellent page on race make any discussion of Huck Finn all that more informed.
  4. A scholarly essay, "The Flawed Greatness of Huckleberry Finn" by Tom Quick who makes a strong argument that the novel is Twain being satirical.
  5. A head on article about the controversy in Philip Rawls, "Huck Finn: Controversy over removing the 'N word' from Mark Twain novel" presented arguments about the book from both sides.
  6. "What Have Famous Writers Said About Huckleberry Finn?"
  7. Teaching Huck Finn: The Controversy and the Challenge
  8. "Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, and Race in Postbellum America"

You should get the idea that there is a lot to say about this novel. You'd be right.