As Mark Twain's masterpiece opens, Huck is running from his murderous father while Jim is fleeing slavery. The pair join forces and pilot a raft down the Mississippi, encountering a crash with a steamboat, con men and traveling actors, southern gentility and lynch mobs, and the final threat from those forces determined to restore the order broken by Jim and Huck. Their voyage down the mighty river becomes a tragicomic journey through the American psyche.
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.