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Mark Twain's Mississippi

examines what the Mississippi Valley meant to people in the 1800s and how these meanings influenced Twain's writing. Learn about economic development, politics, race, religion, culture, and the idea of "the West." Read a biography of Clemens. Find the full text of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Life on the Mississippi. (Northern Illinois University, Institute of Museum and Library Services)

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Interesting Fact:

On November 30, 1835, nearly thirty years before he took the pen name Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, a hamlet some 130 miles north-northwest of St. Louis, and 30 miles inland from the Mississippi River. His father, John Marshall Clemens, had earlier that year moved the family there from Tennessee.
Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) from a Photograph Taken in 1883.  Image Source: Twain, Mark. Life on the Mississippi. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1911.

Mark Twain -- 1883


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