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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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HUCKLEBERRY FINN

A book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat.
- Notebook #35 (reprinted in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Univ. of California Press, 2003)

When people let Huck Finn alone he goes peacefully along, damaging a few children here and there and yonder, but there will be plenty of children in heaven without those, so it is no great matter. It is only when well-meaning people expose him that he gets his real chance to do harm. Temporarily, then, he spreads havoc all around in the nurseries and no doubt does prodigious harm while he has his chance. By and by, let us hope, people that really have the best interests of the rising generation at heart will become wise and not stir Huck up.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013)

Dear Charley, -- The Committee of the Public Library of Concord, Mass, have given us a rattling tip-top puff which will go into every paper in the country. They have expelled Huck from their library as "trash and suitable only for the slums." That will sell 25,000 copies for us sure.
- letter to Charles Webster, 18 March 1885

Huckleberry Finn by Kemble
Illustration of Huck Finn
by E. W. Kemble from 1884 first edition


Mark Twain and Bob Ray Sanders

Mark Twain statue by Gary Price in Trinity Park, Fort Worth, Texas and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders. Photo by Rodger Mallison from the Star-Telegram, Sunday, November 4, 2007 accompanying Sanders's article about a 2007 Texas high school controversy over Adventures of Huckleberry Finn available from newspapers.com.




The only authoritative edition to own available from amazon.com

See article in New York Times for how Clemens poked fun at the Huck Finn controversy.

Also see quote on Tom Blankenship.

 

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