Born in Missouri in 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens took his pen name from the alert common among steamboat crews on his beloved Mississippi River for water “two fathoms deep.” As a boy, he wanted to be a riverboat pilot, and became one, until the advent of the Civil War caused him, with his brother, to move to the Nevada Territory in 1861. He started as a newspaper reporter in Virginia City, and there wrote his first successful story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. He went on to become one of the most popular authors and humorists in American history. While today best known for what are taken as children’s novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain also authored a vast range of novels, short stories, travel books, articles, essays and satirical sketches. Failed investments and the early deaths of his wife and daughters led to an increasingly cynical view in his later writings, including The Mysterious Stranger. He died at his home in Connecticut at age 75.

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