Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called “the Great American Novel”, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
Twain was popular, and his wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers. Upon his death he was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”,[ and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”.