Mark Twian was a realism author born on November 30, 1835; in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri. The book was first published in 1884. The book is told in the first person point of view of a thirteen-year-old boy. Just a year after the book was published it was banned by the Concord Public Library. The reason for the ban was the language of the book. Here is a taste of the language, "didn't want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't no objections..." (shmoop2). Critics say, "As a narrator, Huck describes the story in his natural, everyday voice, and he addresses his readers directly during his storytelling with a friendly, trusting attitude" (shmoop).