Friday, April 30, 2021

A kind of anti-Odyssey

Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, from Classics Revisited (1968), by Kenneth Rexroth, at Bureau of Public Secrets.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not modeled on the Odyssey the way Joyce’s Ulysses is, but it would have been quite impossible for Mark Twain not to have Homer constantly in mind, as he must also have had Robinson Crusoe, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and the travels of Peter and Paul and of dozens of others, not least Marco Polo. He carefully contradicts them all."

See Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) in volume 2, Learning the River, from Life on the Mississippi, in volume 6; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 48.

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