Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn,
and Selected Short Stories





Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He serves on several boards of directors, and he previously served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years for which he earned the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. A member of numerous organizations including the Churchill Centre, he is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It; and, most recently, Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.

Kelly Scott Franklin is assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he teaches American literature and the great books. He received his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, an M.A. in English from The Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Commonweal, Comparative American Studies, The Federalist, and the Catholic World Report.

Benedict J. Whalen is assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the University of Dallas and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He teaches courses on a variety of topics, including the great books, Shakespeare, the metaphysical poets, and 19th century American literature. A recipient of the Rogers Fellowship at UNLV and the Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, he is the book reviews editor for the Ben Jonson Journal.