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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master's degree from Yale University (1888) and three honorary doctorates. The conferring institutions were Yale University (1901), University of Missouri-Columbia (1902), and University of Oxford (1907).

World Book Day: 10 Prominent Novels Set in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Real-life stories about Illinois--its politics, its history, its culture--are so interesting that it makes sense that fictional stories set in the state would be even more interesting.

6 Reasons 'Huck Finn' Is Not The Dusty Old Classic You Think It Is

Andrew Levy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
Andrew Levy

On the way to becoming a school staple and an American icon, however, Huck Finn, published in 1885, lost something in translation: its original wildness and weirdness, and much of its real message, which has more to say to contemporary America than you might expect:

'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

I've been rereading Huckleberry Finn since I discovered it as the sequel to Tom Sawyer back in junior high school, getting more out of it with each encounter. Hearing Hal Holbrook last Friday inspired me to share a few keepers.

Chaim Potok's Asher Lev Still Lives

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Did I mention that he is a Hasidic Jew? Asher Lev makes Matisyahu look like beat-boxing was never meant for anything more racy than a bar mitzvah.

Teacher's Aide Allegedly Fired For Calling 'Huckleberry Finn' Racist

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.19.2012 | Education

Naiya Galloway, a 31-year-old former teacher's aide at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, Iowa, was fired for allegedly telling students the novel ...

PHOTOS: Mark Twain Classic Reinterpreted

Posted 06.28.2011 | Arts

Tim Rollins and K.O.S portray a visual investigation of three important pieces of classic literature by bringing forward their contemporary message. F...

Mark Twain's Language: "Bad" Words Then and Now

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hugh Rawson

The text of Huckleberry Finn includes more than two hundred instances of the controversial word. But this doesn't say very much about the author himself.

Sanitizing Twain -- to the Nth Degree

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

Huckleberry Finn is a product of its time. Hate it, debate it, deplore it, ignore it, but don't take it upon yourself to change it to suit your own mores and values.

Educate Don't Censor: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the N-Word

Hetert-Qebu Walters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Hetert-Qebu Walters

The omission of a word that appears 219 times isn't a welcome alternative but an erasure, not just of the obstacles for educators who wish to use the book, but of what that deplorable word represents.

The New Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

Akim Reinhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akim Reinhardt

In editing the books he cherishes so much, Gribben is attempting to make them more accessible to high school students by creating an edition that won't be banned from many schools.

Rewriting Huckleberry Finn Twists Twain's Intentions

Craig Hotchkiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Craig Hotchkiss

Trendy "feel good" sentiments of modern political connectedness are purging Huckleberry Finn of the ugly truth that Mark Twain sought to expose during the Jim Crow Era.

Roger Ebert Misses the Boat

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Morris W. O'Kelly

Ebert was well within his right to express his opinion on whether the N-word is less offensive than the institution that gave it life. His argument fails because he blithely omits the inextricable link between the two.

Mark Twain's Final Years

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

REDDING, Conn. — Mark Twain died here on April 21, a century ago. He was 74, and in failing health, his heart – his tobacco heart, he call...