Accessible World Special Program Series presents Ira Fistelle for discussion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

On Tuesday, August 10, Ira Fistelle will present his next in a series of discussions
of the novels of Mark Twain. This time, his presentation will feature the novel,
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Published in 1885, this remains one of Mark Twain's
most famous works and is still widely read today. Recently, four episodes not originally
included in the book when first published were discovered and are included in the
copy on the download site read by John Polk below.
Why did Mark Twain choose to omit these scenes from the original publication? More
than a century later, , academicians and scholars can only speculate about the decision
Mark Twain made then, although it is always exciting when additional parts of a book
are discovered. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn is a part of our literary landscape and
history. Was this novel written for children or adults or both? Why is this novel
more than a century old still selling well today? What is Twain saying to us about
life in that time and human beings in particular?
Ira Fistelle is exciting! His love of all things written by Mark Twain, along with
his literary background and past work as an educator puts him in a unique position
to speak of both Samuel Clemens the man as well as Mark Twain the writer.
For a new perspective you never thought you would hear, I invite you to this thought
provoking discussion of a man important in his time and of a novel that reaches through
time to touch our hearts and minds as few novels do.
Join us for a discussion of a literary master led by one who loves and holds him
in great esteem. I guarantee you will leave this presentation with a new perspective
only Ira Fistelle can give. The download information appears below.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain, Mark. Read by John Polk. Reading time 13 hours
1 minute.
A comprehensive edition of Twain's 1885 tale about a boy who runs away from home
and floats down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaping slave. Includes four episodes
originally deleted from the first edition, an introduction by Twain biographer Justin
Kaplan, and an addendum of explanatory and interpretive notes. Strong language.
Download Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, DB43591
Presenter: Bonnie Blose