Reviews for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Library Journal Reviews 1989 February #2
The editors of this handsome volume have produced the first completely accu rate edition of Huckleberry Finn by re storing the book's dialects as ``pains-takingly'' as Twain wrote them. This isan impressive scholarly achievement, but documenting the massive effort made to correct the text consumes nearly 200 pages. The editors' decision to restore the ``raft episode'' (removed by Twain and placed in Life on the Mississippi) is ques tionable, for the interpolated tale lacks the power of the familiar episodes and serves to dilute the dramatic tension. Blair's introduction provides an enlight ening examination of seven years of influ ences on the novel, and Fischer's textual history will interest scholars and informed laypersons.--Frank Pisano, Pennsylva nia State Univ., University Park Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.

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Library Journal Reviews 1989 March #1
The editors of this handsome volume have produced the first completely accurate edition of Huckleberry Finn by restoring the book's dialects as ``pains-takingly'' as Twain wrote them. This is an impressive scholarly achievement, but documenting the massive effort made to correct the text consumes nearly 200 pages. The editors' decision to restore the ``raft episode'' (removed by Twain and placed in Life on the Mississippi ) is questionable, for the interpolated tale lacks the power of the familiar episodes and serves to dilute the dramatic tension. Blair's introduction provides an enlightening examination of seven years of influences on the novel, and Fischer's textual history will interest scholars and informed laypersons.-- Frank Pisano, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.

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