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347. Mark Twain: A Great American Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, best known as Mark Twain,
an American author and humorist. He wrote two
the most significant novels, The Adventures of Tom
, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He grew up
Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the settings for his
Clemens held a variety of odd jobs as
young man. He was a journalist, miner, printer's
, and typesetter, but journalism was what he liked
best. His writing style earned him praise from
worldwide. William Faulkner, another great American author, called
"The Father of American Literature."
Twain was already
very successful writer when he wrote The Adventures
Tom Sawyer. The main character Tom Sawyer was
on his own experiences as a child. His
friends were also based on real-life friends Twain
up with. Huckleberry Finn, the main character of
finest work, was also based on a childhood
Twain was a prolific writer who penned several
, and other publications. Most of his writing was
from his life in the western part of
United States while traveling with his brother Orion.
was born Christian, but later in life questioned
faith, and developed negative feelings toward organized religion.
was once quoted as saying, "If Christ were
, now there is one thing he would not
- Christian." Twain died in 1910 from a
attack at the age of 74.