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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain(Charles L. Webster & Co., 1884)

Originally this story was intended to be a simple story of a boy’s adventures in the Mississippi Valley and was the sequel to Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The story expanded until it was a full-length novel. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins where Tom Sawyer’s story ended: Huck must stick with his new life of cleanliness, manners, church and school. The arrival of his drunken father precipitates a kidnapping, forcing Huck to escape by faking his own death.

The novel has been adapted into more than 25 film and TV movies. Initially panned by critics for its explicit language and use of racial stereotypes and slurs and banned by libraries; today, the novel stands as a pinnacle of fiction and has sold over 20 million copies.