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Samuel L. Clemens (Also Known As Mark Twain) Was Born
November 30, 1835

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a runaway teenager named Huck Finn went floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with an escaped slave named Jim, and with them, Mark Twain's reputation as one of the finest American novelists was confirmed.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known to the world by his pen name of Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. Twain is best known for his novels set in his boyhood world on the Mississippi River. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, published in 1876, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1884, are considered classics today. These books not only told a good story; they also included African Americans who were admired by whites for their strength of character.

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