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Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time 125 years ago, on February 18, 1885. Commonly recognized as one of the Great American Novels, this work inspired many other works, for example the one featured below — a song “Huckleberry Finn” (“There was a rascal, in the town where I came from…”) by Joe Young, Cliff Hess, and Sam M. Lewis. Notated music, published in New York in 1917, courtesy of University of Indiana, Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music. Click on the cover image below to read the notes.

One of the digital collections in Opening History aggregation, Mark Twain’s Mississippi, provides a fully searchable and indexed digital library of Mark Twain’s Mississippi novels and reminiscences (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi). These works serve as lenses through which the public may explore additional text, image, and sound materials, describing the Mississippi Valley that Mark Twain remembered and imagined in writing his classic works of literature.

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Famous composer and pianist George Gershwin (1898-1937) was born on September 26, 1898, in Brooklyn, New York. Along with his elder brother lyricist Ira Gershwin, he created enduring songs including The Man I Love, Strike Up the Band, I Got Rhythm and the opera Porgy and Bess.

One of the digital collections in Opening History aggregation — Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music — contains a number of Gershwin’s well-known songs, published between 1919 and 1923, for example this one:

Gershwin, George, Francis, Arthur. Waiting for the sun to come out. New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, 1920.

Gershwin, George, Francis, Arthur. Waiting for the sun to come out. New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, 1920.

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