By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 18, 2022) – In Issue 2022-034 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate Mark Twain getting started in the U.S.

Huck Finn

The first American publication of (The) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was released on February 18, 1885.  Interestingly, it was first published in England one year prior.

This literary masterwork by Mark Twain is about the adventures of young teens Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.  Much of the inspiration for the novel was drawn from Twain’s own experiences growing up in Hannibal, Missouri.

The novel is the first major piece of American literature written in vernacular English, including the use of course language and derogatory terms.  Nonetheless, it has withstood the test of time and remains a favorite with readers.

Here is Colton’s map of Missouri from 1855, about the time the novel takes place.

Colton’s Map of Missouri (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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