Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: R. Kent Rasmussen
December 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-122-6
# of Pages: 300
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In-depth critical discussions of Mark Twain's novel - Plus complimentary, unlimited online access to the full content of this great literary reference.

For a novel that is now frequently regarded as perhaps the greatest in all of American fiction, one of the most interesting facts about it is that such has not always been the case for  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this compilation of analyses and discussions on the critical reception, publication history, censorship, and academic merit, old themes are examined using fresh new perspectives many of which have never before been articulated in print.


The text begins with an in-depth analysis about the material history of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the manuscripts, and its publication. From there, essays examine Huckleberry Finn in its broadest cultural and historical contexts. Further entries include close examinations on the physical text and the evolution of editions, the work's relationship with critics, and a compartive essay on both Huck Finn and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin for the classroom. Inside, the reader will find all thirteen essays organized into three sections: Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and Resources.


Each essays is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays include endnotes and a detailed list of "Works Cited." The volume begins with an introduction by the editor entitled "The Book and the Author," in which he outlines his views on the author and what makes Huckleberry Finn worthy of Academic Study. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:



About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index