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Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was the sixth of seven children. His early adult life as a river pilot on the steam boats of the Mississippi certainly set the scene for his career as a writer. His pseudonym is a river term, pertaining to the depth of water needed to safely navigate a steam boat! 

Twain’s first book, “The Innocents Abroad,” was published in 1869, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in 1876, and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in 1885. Twain also wrote many short stories and letters. Twain’s writings have been, and continue to be loved by many children and adults alike.

A strange Mark Twain fact: MARK TWAIN was quoted in 1909 as saying “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’”

Bizarrely – His prediction was accurate – Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.

You can find out more about Mark Twain’s life and achievements from The Amazing People Club and from the official Mark Twain website

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