Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Lighting Out for the Territory

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195121223
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855162 | DOI:

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The chapter makes a final tribute to the patriotism and bravery that Mark Twain exhibited in his works, particularly in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn where he dared to defy the prevailing views of European superiority and American mediocrity. He was a hero to the various readers whom he helped free from the strictures of Victorian sensibility to step bravely into the modern age. He was a maverick who turned his back on conventional literary rules and managed to create a unique style that gracefully captured ordinary, even crude, vernacular speech to produce numerous literary masterpieces. Finally, he was a socio-political reformist who took it upon himself to fight the pervading social iniquities of his time with his words. Indeed, the echoes of his vibrant consciousness, immortalized in his work and deeply embedded in the warp and weave of American culture, is expected to reverberate for generations to come.

Keywords: Mark Twain; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; American; European; literary; vernacular speech; culture; socio-political

Chapter.  8582 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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