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Longstanding Controversy

By posted at 4:00 pm on February 10, 2015 2

Nowadays, Huck Finn is as a lightning rod for racial issues, which explains why so many schools have banned the book over the years. But in the late 18th century, when Mark Twain published it, the novel was more controversial as a critique of childhood in America. In the Times, Year in Reading alum Parul Sehgal reads Huck Finn’s America, a new book by Andrew Levy that sheds light on the context of the era. You could also read our founder C. Max Magee on reading Huck Finn as a child.

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2 Responses to “Longstanding Controversy”

  1. Tom Beshear
    at 8:27 pm on February 10, 2015

    Uh, you mean late 19th century.

  2. Wendy
    at 5:49 pm on February 11, 2015

    Mark Twain wasn’t born until 1835. He couldn’t have written anything in the 18th century.

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