Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, which was first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. The novel is commonly named among the Great American Novels. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels about Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. The novel has also been the continued object of study by literary critics since its publication. Despite arguments that the protagonist and the tenor of the book are anti-racist, criticism of the book continued due to both its perceived use of racial stereotypes and its frequent use of the racial slurs.