Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn (1884) is considered by many to be one of the greatest American novels, a humorous, moving tale of American boyhood that has been interpreted as reflecting the development of a U.S. national identity. A knowledge of the life of Huckleberry Finn's author is of great importance in understanding this classic book and its impact, for in Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Twain's real name) created his most flamboyant character. In Spunkwater, Spunkwater! Wood presents the essential Mark Twain, and he does so with a verve that both shows his own appreciation of the man and makes this biography a satisfying and informative reading experience.
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