By Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), greater recognized by means of his pen identify Mark Twain, was once an American writer and slapstick comedian. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter referred to as "The nice American Novel". Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which supplied the surroundings for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he labored as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother, Orion Clemens. He later grew to become a riverboat pilot at the Mississippi River earlier than heading west to hitch Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular loss of good fortune at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia urban Territorial company. In 1865, his funny tale, "The Celebrated leaping Frog of Calaveras County", was once released, in line with a narrative he heard at Angels resort in Angels Camp, California, the place he had spent it slow as a miner. the quick tale introduced overseas recognition, and used to be even translated into vintage Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned compliment from critics and friends, and he was once a pal to presidents, artists, industrialists, and eu royalty. although Twain earned loads of funds from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that misplaced loads of cash, significantly the Paige Compositor, a mechanical typesetter, which failed due to its complexity and imprecision. within the wake of those monetary setbacks, he filed for cover from his collectors through financial disaster, and with the aid of Henry Huttleston Rogers ultimately overcame his monetary issues. Twain selected to pay all his pre-bankruptcy collectors in complete, notwithstanding he had no obligation to take action.