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.
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.
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.