The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


by Mark Twain






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain



   Mark Twain    







About the Book


In this classic novel, young Huckleberry Finn, the character introduced in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, comes of age during a momentous journey on the Mississippi River. In pre-Civil War America, Huck escapes his violent father and begins his river voyage. Huck is joined on the raft journey by a slave named Jim, whose humanity challenges Huck’s prejudice. Originally published in the U.S. in 1885, this novel remains controversial today.



About the Author


Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) wrote under the pen name Mark Twain (the words used by riverboat crews to announce a depth of 12 feet). During his young adult years, Twain worked as a printer’s apprentice, riverboat pilot, miner, and reporter. By the late 1860s, Twain had become a popular figure on the lecture circuit. On January 26, 1869, Mark Twain visited Batavia to deliver a lecture for the Batavia Lecture Society. Twain wrote numerous novels, short stories, travel accounts, and plays.




Catch the Twain!

One Book, One Batavia 2003 grand finale! Warren Brown brought Mark Twain’s spirit to life in his uproariously authentic characterization of Twain’s stories and lecture series. Brown’s portrayal of Mark Twain has earned him the prestigious Studs Terkel Humanities Award. 

Batavia at the Time of Huckleberry Finn

Batavia historian Marilyn Robinson described the early history of Batavia, from 1833 when the first settlers arrived, through the 1840s when the first school, churches, and stores were established. The 1840s marked Batavia’s transition from a settlement to a growing community.  She also described Mark Twain’s visit to Batavia in 1869. Robinson is the author of several books about Batavia’s history, including her most recent book, Batavia, Illinois, Past and Present 2000.

Mark Twain Documentary

Award-winning director Ken Burns, best known for his landmark series The Civil War, presents Twain’s life in all its humor, sadness, and adventure.


"Roaming the River" Nature Walk

Mark Twain loved and wrote about rivers. During this nature walk along the Fox River, participants learned about the natural history of the river that flows through this community.  Valerie DePrez, Nature Programs Supervisor for the Kane County Forest Preserve District, led the walk, and librarians shared river stories and Mark Twain’s words about rivers. For adults and children age 7 and up.

Book Discussion

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Batavia resident Adam Holtz, a retired English teacher, led the book discussion. 


One Book, One Batavia 2003 was presented by the Batavia Public Library and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.