Huckleberry Finn: Antidote to Hate

A New Book on Huck and Jim and the Issue of Race

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

AVON, Conn., Dec. 1, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Journey along the Mississippi River. Nicholas Wolfson takes us back to the magic of the tale of Huck Finn, one of America's favorite characters of fiction, in a book entitled Huckleberry Finn: Antidote to Hate. Wolfson offers a different perspective in his critique of Mark Twain's most enduring creation.

Huck, Jim and Tom are immortals in American fiction. They have captivated general readers and intellectuals alike for many generations. When the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published, many critics complained about Huck's bad language and religious skepticism. But in his book, Wolfson dwells on the issue of race -- the central concern of modern scholarship concerning the book.

Professor Wolfson's work answers recent criticisms that the Mark Twain book is a bigoted tract that portrays a subservient Jim and repetitively uses the N word. Professor Wolfson points out how Jim treats the young boy with love, awakens Huck to the degradation of his surroundings, and leads him to the famous chapter where Huck resolves to go to hell rather than betray Jim. Huckleberry Finn: Antidote to Hate is an intelligent book general readers and intellectuals alike should have.

About the Author

Nicholas Wolfson is the George and Helen England Professor of Law, Emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he taught courses on free speech, church and state, securities regulation and corporate law. He has written extensively; some of his books include Hate Speech, Sex Speech, Free Speech (Praeger, 1997); Corporate First Amendment Rights and the SEC (Quorum,1990); and The Modern Corporation: Free Markets vs. Regulation (The Free Press, 1984, translated into Japanese). He authored Conflicts of Interest: Investment Banking, A Report to the Twentieth Century Fund (1976). He is a member of the American Law Institute. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and Columbia College, Columbia University (summa cum laude and valedictorian). He served as an assistant director on the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

 Huckleberry Finn: Antidote to Hate
 By Nicholas Wolfson
 Publication Date: 8/21/2003
 Trade Paperback; $20.99; 138 pages; 1-4134-0435-9
 Cloth Hardback; $30.99; 138 pages; 1-4134-0436-7

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