The novel that Rory’s English class at Stars Hollow High School is studying. Written by Mark Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) and first published in 1884, it is regarded as one of the Great American Novels, and the most commonly taught work in US public schools.
Mark Twain lived in Hartford for 17 years, and wrote many of his novels there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, giving it a particular connection to the Gilmores’ part of the world. In fact it was Mark Twain who helped inspire Gilmore Girls – Amy Sherman-Palladino originally travelled to Connecticut to look at his wallpaper. Without Mark Twain, there would be no show!
Like On the Road, Huckleberry Finn is another book about travel through America, this time on a raft down the Mississippi River.