Mark Twain

Author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain (1835–1910) was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the American humorist, satirist and writer whose career spanned over five decades. His books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, based on memories of his own childhood on the Mississippi River, have rightly become iconic novels. Like Dickens, Twain was both a popular author and a social critic and supported the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of women. He was a friend of presidents, artists, industrialists and royalty and, alongside his great works, he is fondly remembered for his famously dry wit.

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