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Historical Flavor: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin

The novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in February of 1885, has been a lightning rod over its 133 years being termed on occasion “coarse” and “racist.” Somewhere along the way, it became a classic. (I believe I still have my copy from high school literature class packed away in a box somewhere.)

I scoured YouTube—where you can find just about anything—and discovered the following brief video for the first film based on the book. The movie was produced in 1920, ten years after Twain’s death.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6unmvKOwH0&w=560&h=315]


Below is a short biographical video about Mark Twain from the History website. In reading about him, he certainly led an interesting life, though it seemed a somewhat contradictory one. There were several instances when he’d first believe in one thing, then change his mind later to support the opposite viewpoint, including his opinions on Christianity. 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMtBPa7hpsA&w=560&h=315]


Do you have a favorite Mark Twain story? What was the must-read-for-a-grade novel you enjoyed most in school?

As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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