Mark Twain

Mark Twain was the nom de plume of Samuel Longhorne Clemens (1835-1910), one of 19th-century America’s literary giants. The writer carefully constructed a life story that transformed real life events into folklore and fiction, drawing on his childhood experiences along the Mississippi River to create The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Photo: Mark Twain, taken by A.F. Bradley, ca. 1907.

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For more about Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens, please visit the essay in the Artists, Movements, & Ideas section of Song of America: Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens.

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