November 30, 1835 was the birth date of Samuel L. Clemens, known by most by his “writing name” – Mark Twain.
He was a favorite author of mine as a younger reader, and continues to be one of the writers I revisit on a regular basis. In my mind’s eye, I picture the episode in Tom Sawyer where Tom feeds Aunt Polly’s cat some medicine – and I still laugh out loud! And though the book has become controversial due to its language, I’ve always felt the complicate portraits of Huck and Jim and questions put forth about slavery in Huckleberry Finn make it a must-read book.
I had the pleasure of visiting Hannibal, Missouri this year and seeing many of the locations made famous by Mark Twain’s books. The town was charming, and its museum on Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain fascinating.
I think Mark Twain deserves the label “Father of American Literature” which is often attached to this son of Florida, Missouri.
For more information, here’s the link to a video about his life.