Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a masterpiece of world literature. Narrated by Huck is his own artless vernacular, it tells of his voyage down the Missippi river with a runaway slave named Jim. As the two journey downstream on a raft Huck's vivid descriptions capture the sights, smells, sounds and rhythms of life on the great river. By the end of the story, Huck has learned about the dignity and worth of human life -- and Twain has exposed the moral blindness of the "respectable" slave-holding society in which lives.
A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, 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 the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published.