The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Author:Samuel L. Clemens A Bright, Fresh, Summertime World of Boyhood — When "Mark Twain"--as Samuel L. Clemens signed his books--was writing TOM SAWYER, published in 1876, he was already in his 40s. The carefree days of boyhood in a small Missouri town were already far behind him. He remembered them sharply, but the years brought a humorous perspective. He could appr... more »eciate the fun of being a boy.
What did boys do in small towns so long ago, when there was no television, nbo telephone, no movie house?
They went swimming, they whitewashed fences, traded marbles and other prized possessions, they formed secret societies and had adventures filling up every minute of the time. Tom Sawyer even managed to attend his own funeral, though he was very much alive!
Samuel L Clemens was born in 1835 and spent his youth in a small town not much different from the one depicted in the book. Before he died in 1910 at the age of 75, he adventured across the country and around the world, and wrote many books.« less