The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's classic novel about Huckleberry Finn, a teenaged misfit who has a tough time with his alcoholic father. After an adventure with his friend, Tom Sawyer, Huck's father returns and kidnaps him. Huck escapes and floats on a raft down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave, Jim. Plenty of adventure and peril await them on their journey. Ernest Hemingway commented the following about this work: "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It's the best book we've had."
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.