Author Mark Twain
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Date January 2010
Page material gelatine plate paper
Twain, M，Samuel Langhorne Clemens（1835-1910）, better known by thepen name Mark Twain, was anAmerican author and humorist.Twain is most noted for his novelsThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called theGreat American Novel, and TheAdventures of Tom Sawyer. He igendertensively quoted. Duringhis lifetime, Twain became afriend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and Europeanroyalty.
Twain enjoyed immense publicpopularity. His keen wit andincisive satire earned him praisefrom both critics and peers.American author WilliamFaulkner called Twain "the fatherof American literature".
Not counting The GildedAge, which wasco-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, TheAdventures of Tom Sawyer was Mark Twain'sfirst novel. By the time MT died, it hadbecome an American classic, and it remainsperhaps the best loved of all his books amonggeneral readers. When it first came out in 1876, however, itwas comparatively a failure. Despite MT'sdetermination "that Tom shall outsell anyprevious book of mine, "the AmericanPublishing Co. sold less than 24, ooo copies inthe book's first year （compared, for example, to 7o, ooo for Innocents Abroad in a comparableperiod）.As an imaginative act, Tom Sawyer leddirectly on to the greatness of Huckleberry Finnand MT's other fictions of childhood or theMississippi valle）. As a commercial disaster, it pushed MT in the direction that would leadhim to create his own publishing company.
THE old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them aboutthe room; then she put them up and looked out under them. Sheseldom or never looked through them for so small a thing as a boy;they were her state pair, the pride of her heart, and were built for"style", not service-she could have seen through a pair of stove-lidsjust as well. She looked perplexed for a moment, and then said, notfiercely, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear: "Well, I lay if I get hold of you I'll——"
She did not finish, for by this time she wasbending down and punching under the bed withthe broom, and so she needed breath topunctuate the punches with. She resurrectednothing but the cat.
"I never did see the beat of that boy！"
POST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who wereschoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; TomSawyer also, but not from an individual: he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and there fore belongs to the composite order of architecture.The odd superstitions touched upon were allprevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story;that is to say, thirty or forty years ago. Although my book is intended mainly for theentertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunnedby men and women on that account, for part of my planhas been to try pleasantly to remind adults of what theyonce were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engagedin.
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