Hannibal Missouri is the hometown of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by the pen name Mark Twain. Hannibal has become a small tourist attraction for those who have read and enjoyed Mark Twain"s novels.
Mark Twain was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and also The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( which has since been called the Great American Novel )
When Twain was four, his family moved to Hannibal, a port town on the Mississippi River that served as the inspiration for the fictional town of St. Petersburg in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At that time, Missouri was a slave state in the Union, and young Twain became familiar with the institution of slavery, a theme he later explored in his writing.
He was an adamant supporter of abolition and emancipation, even going so far to say “Lincoln’s Proclamation … not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also.
Twain enjoyed immense public popularity. His keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers.
American author William Faulkner called Mark Twain “the father of American literature”.
He is extensively quoted. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
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