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.

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    Jim and Huck Finn from Twain's most famous novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
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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.

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