The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, and later moved with his family to Hannibal, Missouri, where he grew up. Although he had a number of odd jobs early in his life, Clemens is best known as a writer who took the pen name of Mark Twain about five years after he published his first major work. Twain was a traveling journalist, humorist, writer, and lecturer whose most famous novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His childhood in Hannibal along the Mississippi River inspired colorful tales of adventures on the waterway. Twain traveled around the world and he dazzled audiences far and wide with lectures filled with the same humor and spirit found in his writings.
What's in a Name, Mr. Twain? The Great American Novel
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Tour the Hartford home where Mark Twain lived and worked from 1874 to 1891, and includes children's activities, events calendar, and a Museum Shop.
Levy, Andrew. "The Boy Murderers: What Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn Really Teach." The Missouri Review 32, 2 (summer 2009) pp 42-58 [muse substantial extract].
After that, business and writing were of equal value to Mark Twain as he set about his cardinal task of earning a lot of money. In 1885, he triumphed as a book publisher by issuing the bestselling memoirs of former President Ulysses S. Grant, who had just died. He lavished many hours on this and other business ventures, and was certain that his efforts would be rewarded with enormous wealth, but he never achieved the success he expected. His publishing house eventually went bankrupt.