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Week In Review

Week in Review: November 29, 2020

Stories of Boyhood and More

On November 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born two months prematurely in Missouri. Following a rough and sickly childhood, he took on a series of odd jobs—including a river boat pilot—and eventually became known as the author Mark Twain.
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
While working as a miner, Twain adapted a story he heard about a jumping frog, and the resulting tall tale was published in newspapers throughout the U.S. in 1865. It broughthis first national fame.
The Innocents Abroad (1869)
The humorous travel narrative was based on his 1867 steamship voyage to Europe, Egypt, and the Holy Land. While on the trip, he met Olivia Langdon, whom he married in 1870.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
Following the success of his first novel The Gilded Age (1873), Twain wrote his next: an episodic narrative recounting the mischievous adventures of a boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The book was immediately popular and never went out of print.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
Arguably Twain’s masterpiece, the novel has recently been critiqued for its characterization of the enslaved character Jim. Through Huck, however, Twain addressed the shameful legacy of chattel slavery and the persistent racial discrimination and violence after.

What Is a Nocturnal Raptor’s Favorite Subject in School?

Owlgebra! From the tiny elf owl to the intimidating great horned owl, these avian predators have long fascinated humans. They are among the world’s most widely distributed birds, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Give a Hoot
article / Science
? stanley45—iStock/Getty Images
How Much Do You Know About Owls?
Quiz / Science
? Mathew Levine—Moment/Getty Images
Watch a Snowy Owl Family in the Siberian Arctic
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? Brian Hansen Stock Photography/Shutterstock.com
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