Mark Twain's (1835-1910) idyllic childhood in Missouri on the Mississippi river is reflected in his best known books, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. His great skills as a novelist, journalist and social observer assure him a central place in American literary history. Jerry Griswold is Professor of English & Comparative Literature at San Diego State University and is the author of The Classic American Children's Story.
Twain was . . . enough of a genius to build his morality into his books, with humor and wit and in the case of <i>The Prince and the Pauper</i> wonderful plotting. E. L. Doctorow