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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Case Studies in Critical Controversy) Paperback – December 25, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0312400293 ISBN-10: 0312400292 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Case Studies in Critical Controversy
  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 2nd edition (December 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312400292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312400293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Twain was a humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, leading industrialists and European royalty

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Stoner VINE VOICE on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've always said if a book has been banned and I haven't read it, I must be doing something wrong. Luckily enough, I had read "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" before, and for the life of me I couldn't remember what the big deal was (outside of the obvious) (I was in Junior High at the time, some 12 years ago). I was taking an English class for fun at the university I work for and this was the first text on the reading list. The theme of the class is "racism in American culture and American literature." The reason I mention this is not because of the content of the story "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" but rather the "bonus features," such as they are, that are included.

The "Case Studies in Critical Controversy" edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" includes the following (in addition to the original 1885 text):
*A wonderful introduction about the importance of studying controversies;
*A portfolio of the original illustrations included with the 1885 edition;
*Twenty essays "representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work" (from the back cover) over three subject matters: the controversy over the ending; the controversy over racism; and, the controversy over gender and sexuality. These essays include:
*Lionel Trilling, "A Certain Formal Aptness";
*T.S. Eliot, "The Boy and the River: Without Beginning or End";
*Toni Morrison, "Jim's Africanist Presence in Huckleberry Finn" (New to this edition);
*Jane Smiley, "Say It Ain't So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain's "Masterpiece"";
*Seymour Chwast, "Selling Huck Finn Down the River: A Response to Jane Smiley";
*Leslie Fiedler, "Come back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!
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I bought this for my daughter; it's a college course requirement. She reports that they spent three weeks discussing it in a senior thesis program, everything from the raft representing a "home" all the way to the homoerotic overtones. I remember the raft just fine from my reading, and sure, it was their home for a spell. But maybe I was just a tad too young to appreciate the homosexual parts. (I've never been too good with reading atwixt the lines.) Or, perhaps Mr. Twain would be as baffled as I am with that modern-day chatter. Maybe it's just a good reflection on race relations in America? You be the judge.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on February 5, 2011
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The novel itself was great, and an addition to any classic lovers library. Even better, this edition has literary criticism in the back that focuses on critical controversies surrounding this novel and Twain. They are interesting reading as well, and make reading Huckleberry Finn all the more intriguing when you use their lenses.
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By Yvette Diaz on December 28, 2012
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I like the price of the book. It's a requirement for my english class so I did not exactly choose this product, but its a classic and I always try to see what the fuss about the classics are.
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By Mariam on December 24, 2013
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The story itself is about half of the book, and the rest is literary criticism. Very useful in a college course. There is also a wonderful introduction about studying controversy.
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