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Mark Twain : Mississippi Writings : Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, Pudd'nhead Wilson (Library of America) Hardcover – Box set, November 1, 1982
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Now, the contents cannot be less magnificent as the river all these writings have in common. Funny, wise and as much a part of 19th century American history as you'll find anywhere, these are great examples of the best American writing in one "volume" by one of the world's most recognized authors. No self-respecting booklover should be without it.
Twain has been demonized in some places because of his use of language in Huckleberry Finn and other books, which would be considered hateful and racist today. Well, friends, it was hateful and racist in Twain's time also, and Twain consistently uses it in such a way that its insensitivity and hatefulness is revealed. Huckleberry Finn is not a book aimed at children; it's rowdy and complex and it requires a kind of detachment that only a mature frontal cortex can manage. What makes HF such a great book is precisely the reliance and friendship that evolves between the runaway white boy and the runaway slave. No other book before Twain portrayed such an intimacy.
I have a personal "investment" in Pudd'nhead Wilson, the character, which I needn't explain, except to say that large numbers of African-Americans and European-Americans might find themselves equally invested by the miracle of DNA testing.
This Library of America publication is first-rate. If you haven't read Huckleberry Finn at least twice in your life, you ought to read it now. And if you haven't read Pudd'nhead Wilson, you'll be both entertained and stimulated by it.
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An absolutely wonderful collection of this stunning author's work. He has a unique and special way of expressing himself. A joy to read.Published 4 months ago by Joe Lyons
This was bought as a Christmas gift for my great-granddaughter and she is anxious to make her way through it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J.A. Dalzell
This beautiful collection of Mark Twain's Mississippi writings contains some of his most wonderful work.Published 9 months ago by tb
I'm a firm believer in the Library of America collections, and I have a number of their volumes. This one is quite well-done, and it manages to pack 4 of Mark Twain's best-known... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David W. Nicholas
This is a beautifully presented book. The actual pages are lovely. It is a pleasure to hold and read.Published 21 months ago by Patricia Radovich
IT'S A CLASSIC. THERE'S NOTHING ELSE TO SAY ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE WRITING.
HOWEVER, IN TODAY'S POLITICALLY CORRECT ENVIRONMENT, THIS STORY (AND OTHERS OF HIS WORKS) WOULD... Read more