Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an American author from Hannibal, MO, who is most famous for his book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain in his later years.

Mark Twain was born under the name Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835, to John and Jane Clemens. He is most famous for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, both of which are classics and are still among the top American works of literature today. These books were inspired by Twain's own boyhood along the Mississippi River, which included steamboats, fishing, and small town life. Mark Twain adopted his well-known pen name when he became a journalist for a newspaper and kept it for the rest of his life. Twain's father died when Twain was in his teens, leaving the family poor; this lack of money made Twain subject to many get-rich-quickly schemes that never panned out for very long. He met success in writing classic books like The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court, and, of course, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Twain married Olivia Langdon and together they had four children; sadly Twain out-lived his wife and three of his children, causing him to be pessimistic and bitter in his final years. On April 21, 1910 Mark Twain died in Redding, CT, after a long life of success and failure.

Steamboats were a large part of life on the Mississippi during the 1800s.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


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