Was Huck Black? : Mark Twain and African-American Voices
In a piece of controversial research, the author of this treatise offers compelling evidence that the voice of Mark Twain's most famous literary creation, Huckleberry Finn, was based on that of a black child whom he met in the early 1870s. By opening up the hitherto neglected impact of African-American voices on American literature to public scrutiny, this work offers a paradigm for innovative criticism that may very well redefine the focus and direction of contemporary debates on multiculturalism.
- Hardback | 284 pages
- 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
- 29 Apr 1993
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 18 halftones, bibliography
About Shelley Fisher Fishkin
About the Author Shelley Fisher Fishkin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of the award-winning book From Fact to Fiction: Journalism and Imaginative Writing in America. Her essays and reviews on American literature, American Studies, and issues of race and gender have appeared in publications including The New York Times, American Literature, American Literary History, and the Journal of American History. Professor Fishkin, who has lectured on her work in England, Israel, Europe, Mexico, and across the United States, was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, 1992-1993.