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Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)

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The story begins in fictional St. Petersburg, Missouri, on the Mississippi River. Two young boys, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, have each come into a considerable sum of money as a result of their earlier adventures. Huck's life is changed by the sudden appearance of his shiftless father who forcibly gains custody of Huck and the two move to the backwoods.

This work is commonly regarded as one of the Great American Novels, and is one of the first major American novels written in the vernacular, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River.


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