Huckleberry Finn`s Dick

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Put your hand up if you know the story of Huckleberry Finn`s dick. No? Then kindly read on…..

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain was published in 1885. Twain’s masterpiece has everything a reader could ever want: adventure, humour, controversy, tenderness, the hypocrisy of competing social class structures—and a penis
Most people agree that exposed adult genitalia are not something you should normally encounter in children’s literature. Yet according to the first printed copies of Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Silas did not agree with most people. Mark Twain didn’t intend his farmer/preacher character to be a sex offender, but in the weird and wonderful world of print, mistakes (or, in this case, pranks) happen. During the printing, the innocent illustration of Uncle Silas was altered without Twain’s knowledge to appear as if Silas were proudly showing off his cock.

Despite a five-hundred-dollar reward (more than twelve thousand pounds in today’s money), we still don’t know exactly which of the fifty men working on Huckleberry Finn vandalised the printing plate. In the original illustration, Huckleberry Finn is standing in a room at his Uncle Silas’s home whilst Silas stands with his pelvis jutting out in an exclamation of dramatic confusion. Aunt Sally hovers nearby with a half-smile, as if she suspects what’s really going on. And young Huck has his hand on his hip, thinking of how to respond to the old man’s line of questioning.

With a few scratches into a printing plate, however, the scene took on a markedly different feel. In the altered sketch, Aunt Sally has a disturbing grin on her face, Huck appears to be silently processing the obscenity, and Uncle Silas looks like he is gesturing to his exposed member over a caption that reads: “What do you reckon?”

One might suppose that the “greatest American humorist” would have seen the lighter side of this. He certainly did not and immediately had the illustration torn from all copies, and book agents selling subscriptions door-to-door were ordered to tear out the page from their display copy. Although no copies containing the hilariously offensive Uncle Silas illustration made it into the hands of the public at large, some agents inevitably ignored Twain’s orders, and the drawing ended up displayed in the offices of a few publishers.

The “fixing the penis” debacle cost Twain a tremendous amount of money and delayed the book’s release beyond the 1884 Christmas season. Today we read the phrase “published in 1885” and don’t realise the small shit storm that changed the book’s publication date from 1884. Modern rare book dealers always note the state of Uncle Silas’s fly in their descriptions of the first-edition copies of Huckleberry Finn, which sell for many thousands of pounds.

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