Robert Coover Discusses “Huck Out West”
Where: The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. | 41 Cooper Sq.
212-353-4100 Price: Free
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Robert Coover discusses his latest novel, Huck Out West, in a free, public event.
At the end of Mark Twain’s masterwork, Huckleberry Finn declares that he plans to “light out for the Territory” to avoid getting “sivilized.” For 130-plus years, readers have been left guessing about his adventures in the West, but now, thanks to Robert Coover, Huck is back.
The children of Twain’s books—Huck, Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher—have grown up in the West. Huck is still Huck, retaining his principled rejection of the fame and fortune that Tom, who has married Becky and learned some law from her father, determinedly seeks.
They eventually meet up in Deadwood at the outset of the Black Hills gold rush in 1876, at the very moment Huck is about to flee “sivilization” again, in company with a young Lakota native who “was having about the same kind of trouble with his tribe as I was having with mine.” It wouldn’t be a Huckleberry Finn story without Jim, who has his own parallel exploits in the re-United States.Buy tickets/get more info now