• Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was “the most stupendous event of my whole life”; Ernest Hemingway declared that “all modern American literature stems from this one book,” while T. S. Eliot called Huck “one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet.”,The novel’s preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author’s remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book’s understated development of serious underlying themes: “natural” man versus “civilized” society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics.,Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.

  • Mark Twain’s Weapons of Satire

    Mark Twain was described by a contemporary newspaper as the “most influential anti-imperialist and the most dreaded critic of the sacrosanct person in the White House that the country contains.” Although not a pacifist, Twain was the most prominent opponent of the Philippine-American War. Today, however, this aspect of Mark Twain’s career is barely known. His writings on the war have never been collected in a single volume, and a number of them are published here for the first time. Although he was a vice president of the Anti-Imperialist League from 1901 to 1910, until now no thorough study had been made of his relationship with the organized opposition to the war.,Drawing upon the unpublished manuscripts of Mark Twain and various leaders of the League, Jim Zwick’s Introduction and headnotes provide the most complete account of Twain’s involvement in the anti-imperialist movement. Mark Twain’s writings sparked intense controversy when they were written. Readers will appreciate the continuing relevance and quotability of his statements on the abuse of patriotism, the “treason” of requiring school children to salute the flag, the right to dissent, the importance of self-government, and the value of America’s democratic and anticolonial traditions. This book will prove valuable to all who are interested in Twain and his works as well as to teachers of literature, peace studies, and history.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Whether forming a pirate gang to search for buried treasure or spending a quiet time at home, sharing his medicine with Aunt Polly’s cat, the irrepressible Tom Sawyer evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth century rural America. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded. The tale powerfully appeals to both adult and young imaginations. Readers explore this memorable setting with a slyly humorous born storyteller as their guide.,Tom and Huck Finn conceal themselves in the town cemetery, where they witness a grave robbery and a murder. Later, the boys, feeling unappreciated, hide out on a forested island while the townspeople conduct a frantic search and finally mourn them as dead. The friends triumphantly return to town to attend their own funeral, in time for a dramatic trial for the graveyard murder. A three-day ordeal ensues when Tom and his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, lose their way in the very cave that conceals the murderer.,With its hilarious accounts of boyish pranks and its shrewd assessments of human nature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has captivated generations of readers of all ages. This inexpensive edition of the classic novel offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to savor a witty and action-packed account of small-town boyhood in a bygone era.