Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him
For Twain's 176th's birthday, ten reasons the world is still fascinated by the Missouri native.
2. He had a unique childhood shaped by a particular moment in US history.
Twain spent his formative years in Hannibal on the banks of the Mississippi, sometimes playing in slave quarters where a slave named Uncle Dan'l (a model for Jim in "Huck Finn") told stories and delighted the young boy with his language and rhetorical skills.