Young Huck Finn has no mother and his father is a brutal drunkard. To escape his father's cruel tyranny he fakes his own death and runs away. As a homeless waif he travels along the Mississippi Valley by foot and by raft encountering a variety of unsavory and humorous characters who involve him in their dubious misadventures. This story, rich in character, humor, and the adventurous frontier experience of the Mississippi, vividly recreates the world, the people, and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats. The text is unabridged and contains 148 illustrations from the original 1884 edition.
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.