The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn

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The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn

Proclaimed by H.L. Mencken as one of the great masterpieces of the world and by Ernest Hemingway as the source of all modern American literature, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains firmly established in both the American and world literary canons as a classic work of literature. Yet it continues to have its critical detractors and still arouses the kind of impassioned controversy that banned it from the Concord, Massachusetts, Public Library on publication as trashy and vicious. The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn contains newspaper articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays spanning the period from the early response in the 1880s, through the centennial celebration, to the present. The collection reflects the major literary trends and issues of response to Huckleberry Finn, such as the persistent attempts to ban the book, the literary criticism concerning the book's ending, and the many thematic interpretations. Among the essayists included are literary figures such as T.S. Eliot and Twain specialist scholars such as Walter Blair, Leo Marx, and James Cox. The text of an ABC-TV Nightline News Special on the centennial, Huckleberry Finn: Literature or Racist Trash is printed. Editor Champion provides an introductory overview on the range and issues of critical response, a feature on the various adaptations of Huckleberry Finn, and a bibliography of additional scholarship. Of interest to any scholar or researcher of Mark Twain, the collection would be valuable to teachers and students reading Huckleberry Finn at any level from high school upward.

Early resonse; Mark Twain in a dilemma - a victim of a joke he thinks the most unkindest cut of all; Estes and Lauriat Lawsuit; the Concord library Committee's banning of "Huckleberry Finn"; the adventures of Huckleberry Finn attributed to William Ernest Henley; "Huckleberry Finn", Brander Matthews; "Huckleberry Finn"; modern comic literature attributed to Andrew Lang; Mark Twain, Thomas Sergeant Perry; criticism 1930-1959; "Huckleberry Finn" is fifty years old, yes; but is he respectable?, Asa Don Dickinson; books in general, Leslie Fiedler; introduction by T.S. Eliot; Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn, Leo Marx; criticism 1960-1985; a sound heart and a deformed conscience, Henry Nash Smith; the raft episode in Huckleberry Finn, Peter G. Beidler; the form of freedom in adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alan Trachtenberg; the paradox of liberation in Huckleberry Finn, Neil Schmitz; was Huckleberry Finn written?, Walter Blair; the dialects in Huckleberry Finn, David Carkeet; Mark Twain, Huck Finn, and Jacob Blivens - gilt-edged, tree-calf morality in the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Harold H. Kolb, Jr; the making of a humorist - the narrative strategy of Huckleberry Finn, Barry A. Marks; Huckleberry Finn is a moral story, Robert Nadeau; Huck finn is offensive, John H. Wallace; "Sivilising" Huck Finn, Roger Sutton; Reagan and Huck Finn - the Twain meet - the president defends the values of an American classic, Lawrence Feinberg; Huckleberry Finn - literature or racist trash?; centennial celebration; Huck Finn - 100 years of Drun fool problem, Lou Willett Stanek; Huck at 100, Leo Marx; further adventures of Huckleberry Finn, David Heim; a hard book to take, James M. Cox; contemporary criticism; run, nigger, run, Harold Beaver; the recomposition of adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Forrest G. Robinson; adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Quirk; Mark Twain and the fires of controversy - teaching racially-sensitive literature - or, "Say that "N" word and out you go, Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua; critical views on adaptations of Huckleberry Finn, Laurie Champion; selected additional readings.

Among essayists included are literary figures such as T.S. Eliot and Twain scholars Walter Blair, Leo Marx, and James Cox. Champion provides an