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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884): Library Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies [vol 4]
  • Critical Companion to Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
  • The Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vols 3, 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 3]
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 2]
  • Mark Twain: A Reference Guide
  • The Mark Twain Encyclopedia
  • Masterplots [vol 1]
  • Modern American Literature [vols 1, 3, 4]
  • Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 52] - locate the topical essay "American Humor Writing"
    • [vol 84] - locate the topical essay "Dime Novels"
    • [vol 116] - locate the topical essay "Literature of the New South"
    • [vol 120] - locate the topical essay "American Realism"
    • [vol 124] - locate the topical essay "Nineteenth-Century Social Protest Literature Outside England"
    • [vol 160] - locate the topical essay "The Audience and Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 172] - locate the topical essay "Childhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 188] - locate the topical essay "Regionalism and Local Color in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 3]
  • Novels for Students [vol 1]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 3]
  • Student Companion to Mark Twain
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 6, 12, 19, 36, 48, 59, 161] - check under Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 78] - locate the topical essay "Death in Literature"
    • [vol 86] - locate the topical essay "Folklore in Literature"
    • [vol 138] - locate the topical essay "Racisim in Literature"
  • Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

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  • Twain, Mark

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Mark Twain, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

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