"Mostly a True Book; With Some Stretchers": Huckleberry Finn Part 1


Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is set in a time period 40-50 years before the book was published in 1885. The narrator, Huckleberry Finn, is a poor southern boy who is pulled between different sets of influences, different systems of moral judgment, and different views of what justice is. The novel depicts the cultivation of a moral character in the midst of moral evils.


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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.