Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Publication Date: August 14, 2001
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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.
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.