In this book, Pr. Mouhamed Lemine Ould EL KETTAB examines two samples of the literary works of two American writers: the novelist Mark Twain and the literary critic Archibald McLeish. In the first part of the book, the author delineates how in his two novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain highlights the refreshing beauty of childhood's innocence as contrasted with the obnoxious sophistication of the romantic culture and uses the spontaneous judgement of an unschooled urchin, Huck Finn, to measure the validity of the social values and to assess the ethic principals that the 19th Century deep South American society went by for decades.
In the second part, Pr. Mouhamed Lemine Ould EL KETTAB strives to fathom the critical approach of Archibald McLeish to poetry as a mode of artistic expression; he scrutinizes and often times takes issue with some of the presuppositions on which A. McLeish's grounds his critical tenets and bases his overall conception of poetry.