The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's most famous and best-loved tale, set in the mid-19th-century Missouri of Twain's own boyhood. Huckleberry Finn is a homeless boy who has been taken under the wing of the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. More comfortable fishing in rags than attending school in nice clothes, he accepts their intervention grudgingly. When his abusive father returns to the scene and threatens to destroy his new life, Finn decides to take a radical step. He finds himself on the run, floating down the Mississippi with Jim, an escaped slave. Noted for its use of local dialect and its timely critique of racism, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is at its heart a tale of adventure and unlikely friendship.
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.