"You don't know about me, without you've read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain’t no matter. The book was made by Mr Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things he stretched, but mainly he told the truth." What began life as a sequel to Tom Sawyer quickly became one of the most important of all American novels. Although Mark Twain’s story of a young hobo and an escaped slave who set off to find freedom on the Mississippi is often exuberant and gently nostalgic, it never loses its satiric edge as it examines the South in the throes of slavery. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.
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.