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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Society's Laws vs. Higher Moral Values and other themes related to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:


Fiction
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little, Brown, 1951. A contemporary teenage boy goes on a journey through the New York of the 1940s, facing all the "phonies" in the real world. (average)

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Toronto: Bantam, 1981. If Huck Finn makes a strong indirect case for abolishing slavery, this book, published in 1851, makes a blunt and shocking case for abolition of slavery, and caused a sensation when it was published. (challenge)

Faulkner, William. Barn Burning. New York: Random House, 1954. The story of a boy whose poor, tyrannical father is reminiscent of Huck's.


Nonfiction
Budd, Louis J., ed. New Essays on Huckleberry Finn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Good, general essays on the importance of the book on its centennial. (challenge)

Graff, Gerald and James Phelan, eds. Mark Twain and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1995. A stimulating collection of essays touching upon the current critical issues regarding the novel. (challenge)

Raban, Johathan. Old Glory: An American Voyage. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. An Englishman travels down the Mississippi in the 20th century.