For Twain's 176th's birthday, ten reasons the world is still fascinated by the Missouri native.
He had a unique childhood shaped by a particular moment in US history.
Jim and Huck Finn from Twain's most famous novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
By Marjorie Kehe, Monitor Books editor
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.