Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Writing is rewriting: Twain and the first line of Huckleberry Finn

First Half of 'Huck Finn,' in Twain's Hand, Is Found - New York Times: "The manuscript shows that Twain changed the opening lines of "Huckleberry Finn" three times. Twain first wrote, "You will not know about me," which he then changed to, "You do not know about me," before arriving at the final version: "You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter.""