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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 Nov 2008 by Wingspan Classics

ISBN10: 1595948007 | ISBN13: 9781595948007

Page count: 216

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, America s boyhood story. Mark Twain brings to life the adventures of nineteenth-century boys growing up in the heartland. Tom Sawyer is every boy who ever longed to break free of Sunday clothes, chores and school to sail away on the mighty Mississippi, into danger and adventure with his pals. And who, at some point in his life, falls in love...often with more than one girl at a time. In Tom Sawyer, Twain has fired the imagination of youth for more than a century and a half, with tales of life on the river and growing up with a country. It s about society, and hypocrisy, about injustice and about friendship. It s a harpoon in the side of the stuffy side of life, but mostly it s about boys, wild and free, looking to live life on their own terms. This is the original coming of age novel, from America s master storyteller Mark Twain.

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