First published in in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain. The book is a fictional account of people and places along the Mississippi River in the mid 1800s.
Mark Twain’s 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is a novel that condemns the institutionalized racism of the pre-Civil War South. Twain’s story of a runaway boy and an escaped slave’s travels on the Mississippi captures plumbs the essential meaning of freedom.
The story begins with Huck running away from his abusive father and, with his companion, the runaway slave Jim, they both make a long and frequently interrupted voyage down the Mississippi River on a raft. During their journey Huck encounters a variety of characters with the book memorably portraying almost every class living on or along the river. As a result of these encounters and experiences, Huck overcomes conventional racial prejudices and learns to respect and love Jim.
Because of its occasional use of coarselanguage the book has a history of being banned. But today it is viewed as one of the most celebrated works of American fiction.