Categories: Imagining Connecticut, Literature, Mark Twain

Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn Published 1885

Mark Twain

Mark Twain – Mark Twain House

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langehorne Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri.  In 1874, after living in Hartford for three years, he and his wife Olivia moved to a home in the area known as Nook Farm.  A literary community quickly sprang up there, including Twain’s well-known neighbor, and fellow writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Twain lived in his home on Nook Farm for almost twenty years.  He did some of his best writing there, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Hucklebeny Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  Twain moved to Europe in 1891 due to financial troubles, but returned to Connecticut towards the end of his life.  He died in Redding, Connecticut on April 21, 1910.

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