The Annotated Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain.
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn

The Annotated Huckleberry Finn

ISBN: 0393020398
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2001. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. "...even from the time of its first publication in 1885, Mark Twain's masterpiece has been one of the most celebrated and controversial books ever published in America. No other story so central to our American identity has been so loved and so reviled as Huck Finn's autobiography. Michael Patrick Hearn, author of the national bestseller The Annotated Wizard of Oz, has done equal justice to this great American novel. A Twain literary sleuth and an authority on children's literature, he considers all the literary, social, historical, and autobiographical aspects of Twain's classic tale of Huck and Jim's trip down the mighty Mississippi. In lively and fascinating annotations, Hearn's notes draw on everything from letters, manuscripts, and contemporary newspapers to the author's own frequent revisions and notes, various critical responses to the publication, and much previously unpublished material. The substantial introduction is, in essence, a mini-biography of a book and a man whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), and it recounts the novel's remarkably prickly history, resulting in its being banned perhaps more than any other work in American history." (from front flap) The indeed Great American Novel, Mark Twain's iconic masterpiece, is lavished with a Talmudic-level scholarly treatment in this massive edition, edited with an introduction & notes by Michael Patrick Hearn, the highly acclaimed & prolific American literary scholar. A magnificent & beautiful production, hardcover in (slightly) clipped dust jacket, first edition thus, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. The volume is copyrighted 2001 & 1981, & we have seen the earlier edition from which this is a yet-further expansion- Hearn refers to material from the 1990s in his acknowledgments. This is therefore an expanded first edition thus in its own right, not merely a reprint of the 1981 edition. The ultimately enriched version of Mark Twain's immortal classic (a direct American ancestor to Jack & Neal On the Road, the Fearful & Loathing Hunter S. Thompson & Dr. Gonzo et al.) for the collector & scholar. Book in very fine condition with only a bit of rubbing & spotting to lower edge of text block; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight, sparse rubbing & faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4319]

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