The Wit of Mark Twain

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, most famous for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

Raised in Hannibal, Missouri (which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn) Twain served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, but later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join his brother in Nevada. His humorous story 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' was published in 1865, and broug