Exhibit | September 7, 2010

Huck Finn Manuscript on Exhibit

New York, NY, September 7, 2010—The Morgan Library & Museum announced today that original manuscript pages from Mark Twain's most important work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), will go on view as part of a major exhibition, Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress, opening on September 17 at the Morgan.????

This important, late addition to the show is the first time pages from the first half of Huckleberry Finn have been exhibited in New York City. It is being loaned by the Buffalo and Erie County Library in upstate New York.????

In total, four pages of the manuscripts will be on display. They depict episodes involving Huck and Jim on their raft in the Mississippi as well as a ribald song sung by a boatman, and which Twain is believed to have sung at his own wedding. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be one of the greatest of all American novels. Ernest Hemingway wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.'"????

Coinciding with the 175th anniversary of Twain's birth in 1835, Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress includes more than 120 manuscripts, letters, notebooks, journals, rare books, photographs, and drawings from the renowned collections of the Morgan and The New York Public Library. The exhibition features extensive portions of autograph manuscripts of two key nonfiction works, Life on the Mississippi (1883) and Following the Equator (1897), and explores a central, recurring theme throughout the Twain's body of work: his uneasy, often critical, attitude towards a rapidly modernizing America. The exhibition runs through January 2, 2010.????

The Morgan Library & Museum?? is a complex of buildings in the heart of New York City. The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, with a world-renowned collection that ranges from Rembrandt to Picasso, Mozart to Bob Dylan, Dickens to Hemingway, and Gutenberg Bibles to Babar the elephant, The Morgan Library & Museum maintains a unique position among cultural institutions in New York, the nation, and the world.????

General Information??:
The Morgan Library & Museum??
225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016-3405??
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