Hemingway certainly thought so, writing that "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written in 1885, and is still one of the most widely read books today, in countries all over the world. I believe it is one of the Great American Novels in that it makes strong statements about things like racism, slavery, society, religion, friendship, and hypocrisy. Twain mastered the use of dialect in this novel, and for that alone it has been and will be studied for a long time. Even though the institution of slavery is no longer as it was in 1840s America, Huck Finn still speaks to us in all of its commentary on societal ills. Although the ending is arguably weak, it doesn't completely fail, and the famous ending line, "I been there before," inspires readers to question the way they live their lives, all "sivilized."