Newsmaker: One hundred years after Twain's death
A century later critics still consider Mark Twain as one of the greatest American humorist of his age. His classic novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was lauded for its stunning narrative and social criticism, yet is still banned from a number of libraries for its crude use of vernacular.
- Shelley Fisher Fishkin: Professor of English at Stanford University. She is author of "The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on his Life and Work" (Library of America, 2010). She is also a producer of the adaptation of Twain's "Is He Dead?" which had its world debut on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in 2007, and was nominated for a Tony Award.