The young Huck Finn flees from his drunken father and meets Jim, an escaped slave. Together they sail down the Mississippi River on a raft, while being exposed to all sorts of perilous situations. 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is a story about the search for freedom in the post-Civil War period. Author Mark Twain described the novel as ". . .a book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat."
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.