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Chapter 1 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, read by Lillian DeRitter.

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I very much enjoyed putting this display together. More pictures will be added later–my camera was out of focus for quite of few of the rejected ones (-.-).

The first and third books are the ones I designed my project around. First is a 1933 illustrated copy of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and third is an illuminated 1903 collection of Shakespeare’s non-play writings (ie, Rape of Lucretia, Sonnets, Passionate Pilgrim series). Enjoy!

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The Posner Center, on top of being a green and beautiful building on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, houses an incredible rare and beautiful books collection. And if that were not enough, many of those rare and beautiful books have been scanned and made availible free to the public. Below are my 15 sonnets with links to images of them from the book I will be using in my display. Here is the link to the scanned copy of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Enjoy these lovely books!

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I came across this realization while prepping for the Mark Twain readings for this project and doing reading for my American Political Humor class. Lyceums were venues for the popular lecture circuit during Mark Twain’s time (though the word is much older than that). Without TV or radio, lyceums were the locations of popular entertainment. You might go to see a musical performance, or hear someone read a short story, or hear a lecture on a political topic. All of the links in the sentence above go to YouTube recordings of a similar nature.

There are hundreds of such recordings, but I chose those specific videos because they demonstrate one of the greatest differences between YouTube and the lyceum culture. The videos I have selected were all viral megahits–memes which jumped through workplaces, around schools, across continents. Paul Potts singing “Nessun Dorma” on a Britain’s got Talent, an older man reading “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, and Barak Obama’s wildly popular video, “Yes We Can”, all demonstrated the power of YouTube to spread content.


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Below is the famous quote set into the beginning of most editions of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn on the different dialects used in the novel:


IN this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary “Pike County” dialect; and four modified varieties of this last. The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech. I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.

This is quoted from this free online full-text of Huckleberry Finn.

This is a valuable clue into how to prepare for either your audition or your recording session with p4–not all characters can (in fact, should) sound alike.

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