Mark Twain

The great American masterpiece was written by Mark Twain and is now available in a stunning new clothbound edition designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, winner of multiple design awards. These delightful and collectible Penguin editions have been bound in high-quality, colorful, and textured cloth, and foil stamping has been incorporated into the design. Mark Twain’s story about a boy who embarks on a picaresque journey down the Mississippi River on a raft did something that no other piece of literature had done before: it captured the voice and experience of the American frontier. When Huck manages to get away from his alcoholic father and the “civilizing” Widow Douglas alongside the fugitive slave Jim, he sets off on a series of adventures that eventually lead him into the middle of a feud between two families and into the clutches of a dishonest “Duke” and “Dauphin.” Underneath the shenanigans, however, are more serious undercurrents, such as slavery, adult control, and most importantly, Huck’s struggle between his natural goodness and the corrupt values of society, which threaten his profound and long-lasting friendship with Jim. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in the town of Florida, Missouri. In 1853, he left his family behind and began working as a traveling type-setter to support himself. Four years later, he became an apprentice pilot on the Mississippi River, but his career was cut short when the American Civil War broke out. Clemens lived in Nevada and California for a total of five years, working as a journalist and also as a prospector. In February of 1863, he signed a humorous travel letter with the fictitious name “Mark Twain” for the very first time. In 1867, he took a trip throughout Europe and the Holy Land, which later inspired his first major book, The Innocents Abroad (1869). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), A Tramp Abroad (1880), The Prince and the Pauper (1882), and his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin (1884) are just some of the many books that he went on to write after that (1885). On April 21, 1910, Mark Twain passed away. Ernest Hemingway referred to it as “the best book we’ve had.”