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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

“Notice”

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1884
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Twain, M. (1884) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Charles L. Webster And Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 10.2
  • Word Count: 155
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Keywords: 19th century literature, american literature, mark twain, samuel clemens, southern authors
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NOTICE

PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR,
Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.

EXPLANATORY

IN this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary "Pike County" dialect; and four modified varieties of this last. The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech.

I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.

THE AUTHOR.

HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Scene: The Mississippi Valley
Time: Forty to fifty years ago