Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn

Book - 1998
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In this Readers' Guide, Stuart Hutchinson analyses the most significant writings on Twain's great works. Moving from a discussion of the novels' early reception, the Guide explores late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century criticism by T.S. Eliot, Van Wyck Brooks, Bernard De Voto, Booker T. Washington and Ralph Ellison. In its final section, the book provides students with important material on the contemporary debates on race and gender in the novels, so that new perspectives on Twain's place in American literature may be fully understood.
Publisher: Cambridge, [England] : Icon Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9781874166764
Branch Call Number: 818/.4/Twain/-M 3583mc 1
818/.4/Twain/-M 3583uc 1
Characteristics: 157 p.
Additional Contributors: Hutchinson, Stuart


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Jun 16, 2011

The Icon Critical Guides: Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is one of the best over-views of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Hutchinson, the editor, has made brief one or two page selections, at most, of a wide selection of critical opinion and ordered it so that it makes sense both historically and in the development of critical thought. Between the excerpts is Hutchinson's running narrative that puts each selection in context while thoughtfully questioning the excerpt's assumptions and conclusions. Many of his comments are quite astute. Without a doubt, Hutchinson's guide is one of the better and most informative books on Tom and Huck.

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