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Mark Twain

Banned, Challenged, and Censored

Series: Authors of Banned Books

By Michelle M. Houle

Mark Twain—the pen name of Samuel L. Clemens—is considered to be one of the greatest American writers, and ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN is thought by many to be the most important American novel. However, the language and attitudes in Twain’s books make many people uncomfortable, since they reflect a more racist time in our country’s history. As a result, there is a great deal of controversy over whether his books should be taught in school. Author Michelle M. Houle discusses Twain’s life and times and analyzes two of his best known books. She also explores the history of book censorship, outlining why it occurs and possible ways to address it. She helps readers make up their own minds about whether the books should be banned.

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Reviews

". . . a great resource for research on banned books."

Garland Independent School District, February 29, 2008

". . . this work will be useful for students looking to include more secondary source material in their critical essays."

School Library Journal, September 2008

". . . a great addition to collections of literary criticism."

South Sound Book Review Council, April 25, 2009

"Students researching book banning will appreciate this series that reviews historical censorship, provides each author's biography, summarizes the writer's most frequently banned books, and considers current issues related to the author's most famous titles."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2008

"Excellent book with a dual purpose . . . well written and interesting."

Clark County School District

"Arguments on both sides are explained and suggestions for activities on the part of the reader provide a perfect conclusion to this useful book."

Irving Independent School District, February 26, 2008

". . . a welcome addition to a high school's collection."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2008

"A great resource for Banned Books Week."

Delaware County Library System, April 2008

". . . a good source for a debate, or a research project. The information is well organized and easy to use."

Denver Public Schools, October 6, 2008

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