The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about an imaginative and mischievous boy young boy named Tom Sawyer. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid. Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral, and witnessing a murder.
Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in the small town of Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835.
He left school when he was twelve after the death of his father. He put his hand to a variety of occupations such as printer, journalist, travel writer and publisher. After piloting river steamers along the Mississippi for four years, he began writing humorous short stories for newspapers.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer written in 1876, was Twain's first full-length novel. He made fortunes from his writing, but towards the end of his life, he had to undertake lecture tours to pay off debts. He died in Connecticut in 1910 and left behind him a unique legacy—a true and nostalgic picture of American life and spirit in a simpler bygone age.
He was a great story teller and the relationship he establishes with his readers have helped to make him perhaps the most widely read of all American authors.