Books: Huckleberry Jam

THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by John See/ye. 339 pages. Northwestern University. $7.50.

John Seelye has pulled off one of the best literary stunts in a long while. He has substantially altered The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a puckish attempt to satisfy those critics who have found Mark Twain's masterpiece either artless, craftless, sexless, a gutless accommodation with commercialism or an overstuffed moral copout.

In doing so, Seelye, a 39-year-old associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut, has not only produced a lively, ribald narrative. He has also created a...

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