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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The

Author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) is best known for his two novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Clemens adopted the pen name, Mark Twain, which is a measure of depth in steamboat navigation. Twain was born in Florida, MO, and was the sixth of seven children. His family moved to Hannibal, MO, a port town on the Mississsippi River, when he was four years old. Twain worked as a riverboat pilot, a miner, and a journalist. His first successful published work was his 1865 short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The character of Tom Sawyer is featured in three other novels by Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer, Detective.