•Born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouriin a slave owning family.•Family later moved to river town ofHannibal.•Apprenticed as river boat pilot.•Began using pseudonym Mark Twain(meaning two fathoms) when writingpolitical reports as journalist for a Virginiannewspaper.
Twain’s celebrityimage—Associatedwith river boat andfrontier myth.Iconic image ofTwain as adventurer..
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINNFirst published in 1885.
Commonly named among the GreatAmerican Novels, the work is among thefirst in major American literature to bewritten in the vernacular.Satirizing a Southern society, Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn is, among other things, anoften critical look at deep-rooted attitudes,particularly racism.
Main themes racial prejudice and segregation rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
Very controversial and highlycensored because of the racialimplications dealt with in the book.Mark Twain based his characterHuckleberry Finn on his childhoodfriends.
I have no raceprejudices, and Ithink I have nocolor prejudices orcaste prejudicesnor creedprejudices. IndeedI know it. I canstand any society.All that I care toknow is that a manis a human being--that is enough forme; he cant beany worse.
“Huckleberry Finn is the best book we’ve ever had.There was nothing better. There’s been nothing asgood since” Ernest Hemmingway
Watch the 1993 movie trailer anda clip from the same film.