When Clemens Gives you Lemons: On Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint” (Lederer 472). This direct quote from Twain himself highlights an important aspect of his character: his ability to incorporate humor into his own life. He was a prominent leader of the regional realism movement, which came about due to new technologies, postwar racial tensions, and a newfound commitment to realistic representation. Regional realism maintained popularity throughout the years of 1865-1900. Examples of this movement can be seen in many of Twain’s works, such as “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This regional realism is illustrated by the accurate representation of dialect, especially prevalent in …show more content…
Since “The Notorious Jumping Frog…” led to his rise in popularity, Twain’s travels among the American West after the Civil War proved critical in his life as both an author and a person. Twain’s biggest contribution to changing the literary world is summed up in one quote by Earnest Hemmingway: “All American writing comes out of Huck Finn” (Kazin 64). While Hemmingway’s quote does not illustrate an event in Twain’s life, it does illustrate Twain’s impact on the literary world. According to Hemmingway, Huck Finn changed American literature so drastically, all writing since has borrowed some aspect or another, like setting, theme, or plot devices, from Twain himself. In addition to changing the literary world, he also made a great impact on the time period in which he wrote. Twain’s method of telling folk art was revolutionary and gave a new perspective to rural life in America during the Realistic movement (Smith 10). Twain’s ability to write his stories in a new and revolutionary way was paramount in his rise to popularity in the time period in which he lived. He wrote folk art, as seen in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with originality and gave the American people an experience that had not been felt prior to the realistic movement.
Many literary critics wrote, and are still writing, criticisms regarding Twain’s work. In “Huck Finn Caused Mark Twain to Become a Master Novelist” by Alfred Kazin, Kazin discusses multiple

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