Why is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn considered a classic?

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Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is regarded by many as the greatest literary achievement America has yet produced.

Featuring a child as the protagonist and narrator and using this child's voice - in the vernacular - is a first in American letters. The wit, irony, and adventure of the novel are additional literary elements that contribute to the classic status of this novel. 

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