Hemingway famously said that American literature begins with Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. And there is something to this. Twain was the first American writer who aspired to develop and employ a distinctively American voice. And he succeeded. with Huck Finn.
Twain’s 2Life on the Mississippi” is a precursor to Huck Finn. it is the book where Twain indulged his nostalgia for life as a steamboat captain. He wrote
“When a circus came and went, it left us all burning to become clowns; the first negro minstrel show that came to our section left us all suffering to try that kind of life; now and then we had the hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. These ambitions faded out, each in its turn, but the ambition to be a steamboatman always remained.”
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