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During the next three weeks we will be reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  This site will help you find the information you need to complete each of the assignments associated with the unit.   The links provide general background information about Mark Twain, articles commenting on the publishing of Huck Finn, and information focusing on the literary elements present in the novel.  We will begin our study of Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn by flipping through the Interactive Scrapbook provided by PBS.  Then I will ask you to read the articles linked below that comment on the banning of Huckleberry Finn when it was first published.  You will then make a judgment as to whether Huck Finn is justly or unjustly banned from libraries and schools.  Your final project will be to create a library newsletter from a library that is either advocating the banning of Huck Finn or is against the banning of Huck Finn.  I will provide you with a detailed assignment sheet and grading rubric for each assignment. 


Background on Mark Twain


Mark Twain House Homepage

All Things Twain

PBS Interactive scrapbook


Articles Commenting on the Banning of Huckleberry Finn


The New York Herald 1885: March 18   

San Francisco Chronicle 1885: March 29 

Hartford Courant 1885: April 4   

Life April 9, 1885  

The (New Orleans) Daily Picayune April 11, 1885  


Positive Reviews

The Illustrated London News Feb. 14, 1891

The Nation June 11, 1896  

The Atlanta Constitution May 26, 1885


Negative Reviews

The (Boston) Herald February 1, 1885

Life February 26, 1885

San Francisco Daily Examiner March 9, 1885




Chapter Illustrations

Cover Illustrations

Obscene Sales Illustration



Huck Finn Websites


University of Virginia:  Mark Twain’s Huck Finn

Glencoe Study Guide

Huck Finn Full Text





Speeches and Lectures

Biographic Articles

Critical Articles


Lesson Plans


Superstitions Found in Huckleberry Finn

            Quotations and Symbols in Huck Finn

PBS Culture Shock in Huck Finn

Ideas for Teaching Huck Finn






This site created was created in 2008 by Peggy Henderson Murphy.  Last updated October 11, 2008.

Photograph of Mark Twain from:

Publitek Ink:  FotoSearch, (2008).  “Mark Twain.”  Retrieved October 11, 2008, from

Banner and Buttons from:

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