Long cherished by readers of all ages: the hilarious account of an incorrigible truant and a powerful parable of innocence in conflict with the fallen adult world—from the author ofThe Adventures of Tom Sawyerand“the father of American literature” (William Faukner, Nobel Prize-Winning Author).
“All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain calledHuckleberry Finn… It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that.” —Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize-Winning Author ofThe Sun Also Rises
The mighty Mississippi River of the antebellum South gives the novel both its colorful backdrop and its narrative shape, as the runaways Huck and Jim—a young rebel against civilization allied with an escaped slave—drift down its length on a flimsy raft. Their journey, at times rollickingly funny but always deadly serious in its potential consequences, takes them ever deeper into the slave-holding South, and our appreciation of their shared humanity grows as we watch them travel physically farther from yet morally closer to the freedom they both passionately seek.