The Adventures of Huck Finn

by Twain, Mark Year Published:
Personification of American ideals (except for Horatio Alger hard work and enterprise), Huck demonstrates ingenuity, free will and his own form of morality as he and Jim, an escaped slave, wend their way down the Mississippi on a raft. Through humor and outlandish situations, Twain attacks traditions held dear by the American South, while having Huck be the spokesperson for personal freedom.