• All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn...There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since

    Ernest Hemingway
  • The quintessential American novel

  • It is Huck who gives the book style. The River gives the book its form. But for the River, the book might be only a sequence of adventures with a happy ending. A river, a very big and powerful river, is the only natural force that can wholly determine the course of human peregrination.... Thus the River makes the book a great book... Mark Twain is a native, and the River God is his God

    T.S. Eliot
  • The invention of this language, with all its implications, gave a new dimension to our literature. It is a language capable of poetry

    Robert Penn Warren
  • Running all through the book is the sharpest satire on the ante-bellum estimate of the slave

    San Francisco Chronicle

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