Huck Finn's America

Huck Finn's America

Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece

Book - 2015
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"A groundbreaking and controversial re-examination of our most beloved classic, Huckleberry Finn, proving that for more than 100 years we have misunderstood Twain's message on race and childhood--and the uncomfortable truths it still holds for modern America"--Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439186961
Characteristics: xxiv, 342 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 15, 2018

I’ve never finished ‘Huck Finn’ as the dialect is a struggle. I always think I will.

Author has interesting insights on that period’s view of children and child raising, the minstrel shows that were popular entertainment and Twain’s own family that were an influence on his writing at that time.

Apr 11, 2015

Excellent interpretation of context for the American Classic, Huck Finn, especially to the timing of its publication and to Mark Twain's personal evolving mindset. Of course everyone has their own opinion about one of the most widely read books in America, but Andy Levy's presents a solid argument and reasoning for his opinions and interpretations presented in this book. Anyway about it, this book is an eye opener to understanding Huck Finn.

Twain was a complex character, and there is no way to reduce the book Huck Finn or its author to any simplistic perspective. Levy dives into the depths of Twain's world and also Levy competently relates the context for Twain's view to own our contemporary issues. Levy suggests Huck Finn was Twain's response to current events in the 1880's (the collapse of Reconstruction, rise of Jim Crow and the Gilded Age, and education reforms requiring universal public education) with a little nostalgia for Twain's own youth. Yet these same issues have come full circle , with recurrent problems of race and education we see again in our own times.


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