Picturing MT's Story
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This week you'll be going to the first website/archive I started building (you never finish building these things). It's called Mark Twain In His Times. From the section on Huckleberry Finn we'll focus Monday on what the pictures can tell us -- the illustrations MT himself commissioned for the first (1885) edition of the novel, and then examples from other illustrated editions between then and 1985. The paperback you bought for the class has the original illustrations, by E. W. Kemble. For Monday's class do these three things: (1) Study Kemble's illustrations, trying to decide for yourself how they "read" MT's story. (2) Read the essay Kemble wrote in 1929 called "ILLUSTRATING HUCKLEBERRY FINN". (3) Look through and study the various illustrators' depictions of Jim, available on THIS PAGE.