Andrew Levy is Edna Cooper Chair in English at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he directs the Writer’s Studio and the MFA program in creative writing. He is the author of the awardwinning First Emancipator, A Brain Wider Than the Sky and The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Storyand coeditor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and Creating Fiction: A Writer’s Companion. His essays and reviews have appeared in Best American Essays, Harper’s, American Scholar, Dissent, Chicago Tribune and elsewhere. 
Jun 01 2009
The Boy Murderers: What Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn Really Teach
Could it be that Twain wanted Huck Finn to be a serious book about children? And could it be that the book about race was, to put it politely, the farce? What was Twain telling us about America’s children, and what was he really telling us about blacks and whites in America, if he was telling us anything at all?