In 1936, the Heritage Press, a publisher of fine editions, commissioned Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer; four years later, they asked him to illustrate The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well. For each book, Rockwell created eight full-color paintings and numerous pen-and-ink drawings, the product of extensive on-the-ground research in Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Famously, Rockwell even tried to buy some Hannibal residents’ old clothes, to dress his models in.
Each volume features Mark Twain’s unabridged text, eight full-color illustrations, and dozens of drawings by Norman Rockwell. This set also includes an introduction that explores how Rockwell and other artists have approached the challenge of illustrating Twain, as well as Rockwell’s little- seen charcoal studies for his illustrations to T0m Sawyer.