Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Huckleberry Summer ...

  “I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing.”
       ~ “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
      ~ first published in the United Kingdom,   
                     December 1884 
                & in the United States,
                          February 1885
             ~ by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
                     ~ 1835-1910

“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” or in more recent editions, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is commonly named among the Great American Novels. The work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels, “Tom Sawyer Abroad” and “Tom Sawyer, Detective” and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River, set in a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist over 20 years before the work was published.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist this country has produced,” and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.”

This young boy is reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn as he sets sail to fish in the Jordan Creek as a summer sundown nears in this candid shot I captured on a gorgeous mid-July evening at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.