The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
|The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
|Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It was also one of the first major American novels ever written in the vernacular, or common speech, being told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer (hero of three other Mark Twain books). The book was first published in 1884.— Excerpted from|
PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.
In this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary "Pike County" dialect; and four modified varieties of this last. The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech.
I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.
Scene: The Mississippi Valley Time: Forty to fifty years ago
- Chapter I — Discover Moses and the Bulrushers
- Chapter II — Our Gang's Dark Oath
- Chapter III — We Ambuscade the A-rabs
- Chapter IV — The Hair-ball Oracle
- Chapter V — Pap Starts in on a New Life
- Chapter VI — Pap Struggles with the Death Angel
- Chapter VII — I Fool Pap and Get Away
- Chapter VIII — I Spare Miss Watson's Jim
- Chapter IX — The House of Death Floats By
- Chapter X — What Comes of Handlin' Snake-skin
- Chapter XI — They're After Us!
- Chapter XII — "Better Let Blame Well Alone"
- Chapter XIII — Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott"
- Chapter XIV — Was Solomon Wise?
- Chapter XV — Fooling Poor Old Jim
- Chapter XVI — The Rattlesnake-skin Does Its Work
- Chapter XVII — The Grangerfords Take Me In
- Chapter XVIII — Why Harney Rode Away for His Hat
- Chapter XIX — The Duke and the Dauphin Come Aboard
- Chapter XX — What Royalty Did to Parkville
- Chapter XXI — An Arkansaw Difficulty
- Chapter XXII — Why the Lynching Bee Failed
- Chapter XXIII — The Orneriness of Kings
- Chapter XXIV — The King Turns Parson
- Chapter XXV — All Full of Tears and Flapdoodle
- Chapter XXVI — I Steal the King's Plunder
- Chapter XXVII — Dead Peter Has His Gold
- Chapter XXVIII — Overreaching Don't Pay
- Chapter XXIX — I Light Out in the Storm
- Chapter XXX — The Gold Saves the Thieves
- Chapter XXXI — You Can't Pray a Lie
- Chapter XXXII — I Have a New Name
- Chapter XXXIII — The Pitiful Ending of Royalty
- Chapter XXXIV — We Cheer Up Jim
- Chapter XXXV — Dark, Deep-Laid Plans
- Chapter XXXVI — Trying to Help Jim
- Chapter XXXVII — Jim Gets His Witch Pie
- Chapter XXXVIII — "Here a Captive Heart Buried"
- Chapter XXXIX — Tom Writes Nonnamous Letters
- Chapter XL — A Mixed-up and Splendid Rescue
- Chapter XLI — "Must 'a' Been Sperits"
- Chapter XLII — Why They Didn't Hang Jim
- Chapter XLIII — Chapter the Last, Nothing More to Write
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.