Twain and the Idea of the Great American Novel

Recommended reading:
Books by Mark Twain

The Kansas City Public Library brings its Twain and His Times series to a close with Twain and the Idea of the Great American Novel on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

Those qualities that made The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the target of censors—mainly its depiction of slavery and racism—have for others guaranteed its status as a classic. Indeed, the concept of the Great American Novel often includes books that enfold the struggles and promises at the heart of our patchwork heritage. This presentation examines the controversy still surrounding Huckleberry Finn and whether these issues detract from its status as a Great American Novel.

Laura Mielke specializes in 19th century American literature and cultures at the University of Kansas.

Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.

Twain and His Times complements the 2009 Adult Winter Reading Program and its Reading Missouri theme, encouraging Library patrons to read Missouri writers. The Adult Winter Reading Program concludes on March 14.

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Twain and the Idea of the Great American Novel

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