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8. Regional Realism   



8. Regional
Realism


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Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) - Selected Archive Items

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[3631] Edward Windsor Kemble, Huckleberry Finn (1884),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-98767].
Shown with a shotgun and a rabbit, Huck Finn epitomizes the all-American traits of self-sufficiency and independence in this frontispiece illustration for the 1885 edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

[3777] Anonymous, Mark Twain, Captain (1895),
courtesy of the Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.
A riverboat pilot in his youth, Samuel L. Clemens chose the pseudonym "Mark Twain," a term meaning safe depth for passage. He used realism and regional dialect in his writing to challenge readers to come to new conclusions about the roles of race and class in America.

[4049] Anonymous, Samuel L. Clemens about the time he wrote Huckleberry Finn (c. 1885),
courtesy of the Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.
During the 1870s and 1880s Twain began producing his best-known novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The Prince and the Pauper (1882), and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

[4053] Anonymous, Mark Twain in front of boyhood home, Hannibal, Missouri (1902),
courtesy of the Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.
Born in Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens grew up in the Mississippi river town of Hannibal, which, thinly disguised as St. Petersburg, became the boyhood home of Twain's most famous characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

[5831] Anonymous, Young Sam Clemens [Mark Twain] (n.d.),
courtesy of the Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.
This early photograph of Samuel L. Clemens reflects many of the ideals of realism, including the desire to document uncompromising, literal representations of the material world and the human condition.

[7838] Jocelyn Chadwick, Interview: "Controversy in the Reception of Twain's Huckleberry Finn" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media and American Passages.
Jocelyn Chadwick, assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, speaks on the controversial aspects of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.

[7854] Bruce Michelson, Interview: "Stages of Controversy in Huckleberry Finn" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media and American Passages.
Bruce Michelson, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, speaks about the evolution of the controversy surrounding Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.



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