From the New York World
10 December 1899


[As part of a special Christmas issue, the New York World featured a page of scenes from Mark Twain's best-known books, as depicted by various artists. The paper made a point of boasting that it had hired Kemble, "the original illustrator," to do these three new pictures from Huck Finn. The pictures Kemble drew clearly reflect his career as a cartoonist -- the re-presentations of Jim are even more grotesquely comic than the pictures he drew in 1884. The scene at the bottom left, showing two whites expressing horror at "Jim's" appearance, is particularly unpleasant. It isn't based on anything that actually happens in the novel, but is extrapolated from the idea the Duke comes up with to allow Jim to stay on the raft without being tied up. In other words, this scene only "occurs" in Kemble's imagination, though it also seemed "real" enough to the people who admired his drawings. By clicking onto the image map below, you can see enlargements of the three drawings -- or a transcription of the brief but very telling synopsis of the novel supplied by the paper.]
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