Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30,1835 Ð April 21,1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The latter is often called-The Great American Novel. Like any good journalistâ Mark Twainâ spent his life observing and reporting on his surroundings. In his writings he provided images of the romanticâ the realâ the strengths and weaknesses of a rapidly changing world. By examining his life and his worksâ we can read into the past, piecing together various events of the era and the responses to them. We can delve into the American mindset of the late nineteenth century and make our own observations of historyâ discover new connectionsâ create new inferences and gain better insights into the time period and the people who lived in it. As Sam once wrote-Supposing is goodâ but finding out is better.
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