A. N. Kaul (essay date 1963)
SOURCE: Kaul, A. N. “Huckleberry Finn: A Southwestern Statement.” In The American Vision: Actual and Ideal Society in Nineteenth-Century Fiction, pp. 280-304. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1963.
[In the following excerpt, Kaul describes Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a novel that questions the moral basis of nineteenth-century American society.]
The boy [Huck] and the Negro slave form a family, a primitive community—and it is a community of saints.
—Lionel Trilling, “Huckleberry Finn”
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn marks in so...
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