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Huckleberry Finn : Bantam Classic - Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn

Bantam Classic

Paperback Published: 1st February 1981
ISBN: 9780553210798
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The changes, deletions, and additions that Mark Twain made in the first half of the original manuscript (changes that are larger and more numerous and significant than those he made in the second half) indicate that he frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational work than the book he finally published. He deleted an episode in which whites at a religious camp meeting try to avoid the embraces of a black slave woman - a woman who may think, mistakenly, that she has just been freed. And even in its smallest variations - such as the consistent alteration of vicious rawhide whippings to ordinary cowhide whippings - the original manuscript demonstrates the skill, the restraint, and the constraints that affected Mark Twain's creative process.

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"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It's the best book we've had." --Ernest Hemingway

The Life of Mark Twainp. v
Prefacep. ix
Noticep. xix
Explanatoryp. xix
Discover Moses and the Bulrushersp. 1
Our Gang's Dark Oathp. 4
We Ambuscade the A-rabsp. 10
The Hair-ball Oraclep. 15
Pap Starts in on a New Lifep. 18
Pap Struggles with the Death Angelp. 23
I Fool. Pap and Get Awayp. 30
I Spare Miss Watson's Jimp. 36
The House of Death Floats Byp. 47
What Comes of Handlin Snake-skinp. 52
They're After Us!p. 55
"Better Let Blame Well Alone"p. 63
Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott"p. 70
Was Solomon Wise?p. 76
Fooling Poor Old Jimp. 80
The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Workp. 86
The Grangerfords Take Me Inp. 95
Why Harney Rode Away for His Hatp. 104
The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboardp. 117
What Royalty Did to Parkvillep. 126
An Arkansaw Difficultyp. 135
Why the Lynching Bee Failedp. 145
The Orneriness of Kingsp. 151
The King Turns Parsonp. 157
All Full of Tears and Flapdoodlep. 163
I Steal the King's Plunderp. 171
Dead Peter Has His Goldp. 179
Overreaching Don't Payp. 186
I Light Out in the Stormp. 195
The Gold Saves the Thievesp. 205
You Can't Pray a Liep. 209
I Have a New Namep. 218
The Pitiful Ending of Royaltyp. 224
We Cheer Up Jimp. 232
Dark, Deep-Laid Plansp. 238
Trying to Help Jimp. 245
Jim Gets His Witch Piep. 251
"Here a Captive Heart Busted"p. 258
Tom Writes Nonnamous Lettersp. 265
A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescuep. 270
"Must 'a' Been Sperits"p. 277
Why They Didn't Hang Jimp. 284
Chapter the Last. Nothing More to Writep. 292
Afterwordp. 295
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780553210798
ISBN-10: 0553210793
Series: Bantam Classic
Audience: General
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old
For Grades: 5 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st February 1981
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 10.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1

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