Illustrated by Harry Brockway
A timeless American classic joins the Folio Collectables line-up.
In 1883, Mark Twain completed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a work he had been ‘fooling over’ for seven years. Although it began modestly as a boyhood romance, Twain’s rich imagination transformed it into arguably the most important American novel of the century, influencing writers as diverse as F. Scott Fitzgerald and J. D. Salinger.
Huck Finn, aged about 13, is trapped between a father whose only concern is whether there is enough whiskey in the jug for ‘two drunks and one delirium tremens’ and the relentlessly ‘sivilizing’ influence of the Widow Douglas. Along with runaway slave Jim, Huck makes his bid for freedom, and the two fugitives set off on a 1,000-mile odyssey down the Mississippi River to Arkansas. It is a journey of high adventure and dark enchantments in a world of steamboats, river men and hustlers – at once an irresistible story of boy-life on the Mississippi, an ironic indictment of Southern society with its slavery, materialism and petty feuding, and a compelling portrait of a continent coming of age. This edition, presented as part of the Folio Collectables series, features 16 dynamic wood engravings by Harry Brockway.
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‘We catched fish, and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn’t ever feel like talking loud, and it warn’t often that we laughed, only a little kind of a low chuckle. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all, that night, nor the next, nor the next’
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