On March 29, 1885, the Chronicle printed an article denouncing the banning in Concord, calling the actions “absurd.” This article accuses the librarian censors of not examining in depth the extent to which Twain’s novel is a “remarkably careful sketch of life along the Mississippi river forty years ago.” The Chronicle goes on to praise Twain’s use of dialect and humor which admittedly might be lost on younger readers.
However, the novel is layered so that it can be enjoyed by youth seeking adventure as well as adults who understand its sharp satire of pre-Civil War Southern culture.
He doesn’t seem much affected when he discovers, at last, that Jim is alive after all.
And that’s not to mention the worst offence of all: Huck’s behavior once he reunites with his old partner in crime, Tom Sawyer.
While it is still applauded for its childlike imagination and realistic use of dialogue, the criticisms of Huck Finn have undergone a drastic shift.
Upon its initial release, Huck Finn was blasted by some critics for indecency.
He is one of the most eminent figures in literary studies and education today through his influential pedagogy of "teaching the conflicts," which he developed as a professor of English at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and as a professor of English and Education in his current position at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His other widely read books include Professing Literarture (1987), Beyond the Culture Wars (1992), Clueless in Academe (2003), and (with Cathy Birkenstein) the textbook They Say/I Say.
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In fact, probably one of the most famous English-language novels of all time, period. And what’s more, they continue, it’s completely unmotivated psychologically.