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The Adventures of Mark Twain – Adventures of Tom and Huck

Samuel Clemens, more popularly known as Mark Twain, had written a number of great novels including many in the spirits of adventures. However, no other novel either by Twain or by any other author ever matches the unique flavor of two of Twain’s novels:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tom and Huck are two interesting and significant characters in both the novels. The first one revolves around Tom Sawyer and the second one revolves around Huck Finn. In spite of being the author of other great books like The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain’s best fraction of immortality arguably came out of these two characters and these two adventure books centering these two young boys.

Both the novels belong to the class of best ever assets of classic American literature.

In both the novels, running away from home and dead bodies plays an important role. In the first novel of the two, Tom Sawyer runs away from home, and finds the dead body of Injun Joe, a runaway criminal. In the second novel, Huckleberry Finn runs away from home with Miss Watson’s slave Jim, and then a dead body is found (Huck does not get to see the face of the dead body) that proves to be his father’s corpse.

Further, in Huck Finn’s novel, Twain demonstrates a great mixture of humor, social criticism almost to a degree of satire and solid narration.

Clemens, aka Twain, had written too many pieces in too many places including obscure newspapers using too many pen names. Hence making a complete collection of all his works has proved to be impossible so far. But it would be a great revelation if more such adventures were found to be written in a less-read newspaper, and could itself stand a research topic on Mark Twain and his literature, although finding any such existence would be a challenge (there is no concrete proof of existence of such pieces).

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