Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy

Format:  Paperback,

550 pages

Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education

Publish Date: Dec 2003

ISBN-13: 9780312400293

ISBN-10: 0312400292

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Like its popular predecessor, this critical edition is designed for "teaching the conflicts" surrounding Mark Twain's classic novel. It reprints the 1885 text of the first American edition (with a portfolio of illustrations) along with critical essays representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The novel and essays are supported by distinctive editorial material -- including introductions to critical conflict in literary studies, to Twain's life and work, and to each critical controversy highlighted in this edition -- that helps students grapple not only with the novel's critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself. In addition to several new critical essays, the second edition includes an appendix on how to argue about the novel so that students may more effectively enter the critical conversation about its issues.

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Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
Publish Date: Dec 2003
ISBN-13: 9780312400293
ISBN-10: 0312400292
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 550
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Twain, Mark

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Chapter outline

Preface
Why Study Critical Controversies?
Mark Twain and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Life of Samuel Clemens and the Reception of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The 1885 Text
A Portfolio of Illustrations from the 1885 Edition
A Case Study in Critical Controversy
The Controversy over the Ending: Did Mark Twain Sell Jim down the River?
A Certain Formal Aptness
The Boy and the River: Without Beginning or End
Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn
Jim's Africanist Presence in Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn; Or, Consequences
from Deadpan Huck
The Controversy over Race: Does Huckleberry Finn Combat or Reinforce Racist Attitudes?
Morality and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Born to Trouble: One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn
The Struggle for Tolerance: Race and Censorship in Huckleberry Finn
More than a Reader's Response: A Letter to "De Ole True Huck
On the Nature and Status of Covert Texts: A Reply to Gerry Brenner's "Letter to 'De Ole True Huck'
from Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target
Say It Ain't So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain's "Masterpiece
Selling Huck Finn Down the River: A Response to Jane Smiley
The Controversy over Gender and Sexuality: Are Twain's Sexual Politics Progressive, Regressive, or Beside the Point?
Reformers and Young Maidens: Women and Virtue in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Reading Gender in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Walker versus Jehlen versus Twain
A Response to Frederick Crews
Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!
Innocent Homosexuality": The Fiedler Thesis in Retrospect
Writing about Critical Controversy

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1997-04-15)

This paperback release of the restored edition of Finn includes four previously unknown episodes discovered in 1990 when the first half of the original handwritten manuscript was unearthed (Classic Returns, LJ 4/15/96). It also includes the original illustrations and reproductions of 29 original pages. Considering the book's importance to American letters, this complete edition is essential for all libraries.

Review by Library Journal (1989-03-01)

The editors of this handsome volume have produced the first completely accurate edition of Huckleberry Finn by restoring the book's dialects as "pains-takingly" as Twain wrote them. This is an impressive scholarly achievement, but documenting the massive effort made to correct the text consumes nearly 200 pages. The editors' decision to restore the "raft episode" (removed by Twain and placed in Life on the Mississippi ) is questionable, for the interpolated tale lacks the power of the familiar episodes and serves to dilute the dramatic tension. Blair's introduction provides an enlightening examination of seven years of influences on the novel, and Fischer's textual history will interest scholars and informed laypersons.

-Frank Pisano, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park

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Review by Library Journal (2000-02-01)

With at least six unabridged recordings of Huckleberry Finn already available, what can another recording possibly offer that is new? The answer is plenty. For starters, this is apparently the only set of tapes to include a long passage known as the "raft chapter", which Twain reluctantly removed from the book's first edition. Restoration of that passage not only repairs the novel's disrupted continuity, it adds a specimen of 19th-century Southwestern humor and some of the most outrageous boasting ever preserved in print.

It's a delight made all the more so by Patrick Fraley's reading, performed in a way never attempted before: in the voice of a teenage Huck, the story's narrator. Along the way, he gives individual voices to more than 100 characters. This type of reading can be a gamble; if it fails, the results may be unlist enable. However, Fraley succeeds brilliantly, adding dimensions not possible in standard readings. This masterpiece will make an ideal addition to any audio collection and is essential for libraries patronized by young readers.

-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (1996-04-15)

Though numerous editions of Twain's 1885 novel abound, this is the first to incorporate four previously unknown episodes discovered in 1990 when the first half of the original handwritten manuscript was unearthed. This edition also includes the original illustrations as well as photos of 29 original pages and notes by Twain scholar Victor Doyno. All this at a reasonable price makes Random's comprehensive edition of Huckleberry Finn essential for all libraries.

Review by Library Journal (2003-11-01)

In 1990, a small miracle happened. While searching through her grandfather's belongings, a woman librarian found among his possessions the first 665 handwritten pages of Twain's manuscript for Huck Finn, which for generations had been missing and presumed permanently lost. The emergence of the missing pages allowed scholars to assess the numerous changes made by both Twain and subsequent editors and publishers. This remarkable edition assembled by experts at the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library at the University of California reedits the text according to Twain's handwritten notes on both parts of the manuscript.

In addition to the restored text, this edition includes almost 800 pages of scholarly extras, including line-by-line notes on the alternations and revisions, expanded maps, explanatory notes, illustrations, and much more. Absolutely essential for academic libraries; public libraries also may want to consider.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2004-01-01)

This is the first edition based on both halves of Twain's hand-corrected manuscript, one of which had been missing for a century. There is also a treasure trove of scholarly extras. (LJ 11/1/03)

Book description

Like its popular predecessor, this critical edition is designed for "teaching the conflicts" surrounding Mark Twain’s classic novel. It reprints the 1885 text of the first American edition (with a portfolio of illustrations) along with critical essays representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The novel and essays are supported by distinctive editorial material — including introductions to critical conflict in literary studies, to Twain’s life and work, and to each critical controversy highlighted in this edition — that helps students grapple not only with the novel’s critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself. In addition to several new critical essays, the second edition includes an appendix on how to argue about the novel so that students may more effectively enter the critical conversation about its issues.

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