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Books in the KUA Library

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: a case study in critical controversy. - Gerald Graff (Editor); James Phelan (Editor); Mark Twain
Call Number: 813.4 TWA
Publication Date: 1995
Contains articles representing various views on the book over time.

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The Jim Dilemma - Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua
Call Number: 813.4 TWA
Publication Date: 1998

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Readings on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - Katie De Koster
Call Number: 813.4 TWA
Publication Date: 1998-03-01

Sources on the Web

Library Databases

  • Novels for Students - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Organized in different sections covering the context and critical reception of the book. (NOTE: If you get a login screen, go to your browser settings under Privacy and set Allow All Cookies, or contact a librarian for the password.)
  • Oxford Reference
    An excellent collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books online.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Find articles in academic journals and magazines about Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, and the ongoing controversy over the book and the language it uses.
  • CQ Researcher
    Excellent reports on current events and issues. Look here for contemporary views on race and language.
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers
    Search here for articles in four major newspapers about Mark Twain and the book throughout its history. You can search for just "reviews" using the Advanced Search option. The results are listed roughly by decade, which allows you to follow the reception of the book -- and the author -- over time.


Born to Trouble: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - PBS Video
Call Number: DVD 813 TWA
Publication Date: 1999
This documentary is primarily for use by classes. However, you may make arrangements with one of the librarians to watch it in the library.

Huckleberry Finn Slang Study Guide

  • Huckleberry Finn Slang Study Guide
    This is a chapter-by-chapter glossary for the colloquial and slang language in the book. (From Hamburg University, Germany; originally from Kalmar University, Sweden.)

Citing Sources

Off campus?

For access to the databases from off campus, email the librarians for passwords.


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