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About the Author: Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.

He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.

Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".

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Paperback, Published in Jun 2009 by Piccadilly Books

ISBN10: 0941599728 | ISBN13: 9780941599726

Page count: 236

Young Huck Finn has no mother and his father is a brutal drunkard. To escape his father's cruel tyranny he fakes his own death and runs away. As a homeless waif he travels along the Mississippi Valley by foot and by raft encountering a variety of unsavory and humorous characters who involve him in their dubious misadvntues. This story, rich in character, humor, and the adventurous frontier experience of the Mississippi, vividly recreates the world, the people, and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats. The text is unabridged and includes 148 illustrations from the original 1884 edition.

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