Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain (1835-1910) was and American author. “He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor“. To learn more about the author read his biography or visit Mark Twain’s Mississippi. and The Mark Twain House & Museum.

(silent ‘movie’ of Samuel Clemens by Thomas Edison)

He wrote the American classics The Adventures of Tom Saywer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and much more. You can read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in digital format at or  listen to the text  here below as an audio book.

From the preface: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”

Why did he include this warning? And why  did the person supposedly issuing it signed himself “By Order of the Author Per G. G., Chief of Ordnance.”

The book was also censored. What do you think was/is controversial about the text?

“The Concord (Mass.) Public Library committee has decided to exclude Mark Twain’s latest book from the library. “The Boston Evening Transcript, 17 March 1885.” (From the University of Toronto)


Mark Twain and Slavery

by Northern Illinois University Library Digital Initiatives


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