Introduction by George Saunders Commentary by Thomas Perry Sergeant, Bernard DeVoto, Clifton Fadiman, T. S. Eliot, and Leo Marx All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called "Huckleberry Finn," Ernest Hemingway wrote. It's the best book we ve had. A complex masterpiece that spawned controversy right from the start (it was banished from the Concord library shelves in 1885), it is at heart a compelling adventure story. Huck, in flight from his murderous father, and Jim, in flight from slavery, pilot their raft through treacherous waters, surviving a crash with a steamboat and betrayal by rogues. As Norman Mailer has said, The mark of how good "Huckleberry Finn" has to be is that one can compare it to a number of our best modern American novels and it stands up page for page.
About the Author
Mark Twain was born in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1835. An adventurous young man, Twain traveled around the United States. He worked as a Mississippi riverboat pilot, a miner, and a reporter. When Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1872, most books presented boys as purely good or evil characters. Twain wanted his boy hero, Tom Sawyer, to be a real boy, so he based the book on his own boyhood adventures in Missouri.
George Saunders is the author of several books and writes regularly for "The New Yorker," "Harper's," and "GQ," He is the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards. He teaches at Syracuse University. Author websites: inpersuasionnation.com, reignofphil.com, georgesaundersland.com.
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