Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, is a highly recognizable figure in American literature. Born in Florida, Missouri Mark Twain and his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri where Twain discovered and fell in love with the mighty Mississippi River. The river and his life in Hannibal became his inspiration and guiding light in most of his writing. Although Twain loved the river and did a great deal of traveling, he eventually settled down at the age of 35 and had a family. He married Olivia Langdon on February 2, 1870 and was the father to their four children, Langdon, Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens. The family would reside in Hartford, Connecticut, a mere 60 miles from the town of Redding where Twain would die at the age of 75.
Twain received his first job as an apprentice to the publisher of the Missouri Courier. In 1851, a year after his father’s death, Twain began working for his brother Orion. Twain did various things from setting type, drawing sketches, and even taking over as editor in Orion’s absence. Twain left the town of Hannibal in 1853 and worked for papers in New York, Philadelphia and the small town of Keokuk, Iowa. At the age of 21 Twain traveled to New Orleans to seek passage on a boat bound for South America. Twain’s trip to New Orleans did not turn out as planned. Instead of sailing to South America Twain would meet a man named Horace Bixby. Twain was able to persuade Bixby, the pilot
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