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Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

In 1935 the publisher of the Heritage Press and Limited Editions Club books, invited Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.   Rockwell, at first criticized because considered toosentimental and bourgeois (borghese),  was then  receiving more attention as he had chosen  (aveva scelto) subjects such as racism and school racial integration. Twain’s novels were perfect for him. Rockwell accepted the work and  visited Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s boyhood (adolescenza) town, to find authentic details (dettagli) to include in his work. Twain’s vivid descriptions of character, setting (luogo) and mood (atmosfera) were an inspiration to the illustrator, who considered each of the writer’s scenes to be “complete and perfect to the last detail.”