Tony Tanner, 23 September 1993
Show More Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices by Shelley Fishkin.
Oxford, 270 pp., £17.50, June 1993, 0 19 508214 1Show More
Black Legacy: America’s Hidden Heritage by William Piersen.
Massachusetts, 264 pp., £36, August 1993, 9780870238543Show More
Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism by Kenneth Warren.
Chicago, 178 pp., £21.95, August 1993, 0 226 87384 6Show More
“... poor, male, white trash. So what – besides a desire to be arresting – lies behind Professor Fishkin’s clearly tendentious title? Mark Twain, Clifton Fadiman wrote, is ‘our Chaucer, our Homer, our Dante, our Virgil, because Huckleberry Finn is the nearest thing we have to a national epic. Just as the Declaration of Independence ... contains in embryo ...”