Twain, Mark, pseud. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910, American author, b. Florida, Mo. As humorist, narrator, and social observer, Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. His novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a masterpiece of humor, characterization, and realism, has been called the first (and sometimes the best) modern American novel.
Sections in this article:
- Later Life and Works
- Mature Works
- Twain's Masterpiece: Huckleberry Finn
- Early Life and Works
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