Samuel Langhorne Clemens , known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist [the United States] has produced”, and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature”. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , the latter often called “The Great American Novel”.
Writer and critic William Dean Howells claimed this was Mark Twain’s best work and
an object-lesson in democracy. Written in 1889, the book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur. Various editions are available at Amazon.
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Though originally a commercial failure, Tom Sawyer has been long-considered an American literary masterpiece. It was Twain’s first attempt to write a novel, and reportedly one of the first novels known to be fully written on a typewriter. Written in 1876 and set in the fictional town of an 1840s St. Petersburg — resembling Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s childhood home. The book reflects the racist sentiments of Twain’s day owing to the use of racial epithets for Blacks and a caricature of Native Americans in