Over centuries, different authors have shown truly amazing books. The genres endlessly evolving and changing in front of our very eyes. Each author creates different forms of writing, languages, and creativity to make their books unique. Samuel L. Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, has written novels still beloved today. In his novels and stories, his characters show courage and perseverance. His stories and novels are famous for their humor, vivid details, and memorable characters. Mark Twain gives readers the full experience of what’s occurring in the story making it more enjoyable to read. Samuel Clemens was born on November 30,1835 to John Clemens and Jane Clemens. He was the sixth child according to www.biography.com. When he was four years old, he and his family moved to a town called Hannibal, Missouri. His father had continuously tried to become a different businessman, but failed repeatedly because he was unsuccessful. Sadly, in 1847, when Clemens was eleven years old, his father unexpectedly died from pneumonia. After his father’s death, he decided to leave school and went to work with his brother at Missouri Courier to help his family earn money. When he was twenty-two years old, he returned to Florida, Missouri to make money while working as riverboat pilot. He worked as a riverboat pilot until trade was interrupted by the American Civil War in 1861. While working as riverboat pilot, Clemens developed the nickname Mark Twain. Mark Twain meant two fathoms deep or twelve feet deep in riverboat slang. In 1861, Clemens left for Nevada to work for Orion to become a miner at the Cornstock Lode to search for gold and silver. He failed as a miner and by 1862, he was broke and needed a regular job. Since he knew his way around a newspaper office, he decided to work as a reporter at the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. He made news stories, editorials and sketches, and adopted Mark Twain as his pen name. He became a best-known storyteller in the West, due to his unique narrative styles: humorous, favorable, insolent, and often arrogant. His big break was in 1865 when he wrote the story “Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog”. This story was based of his adventures while working at the mining camp. In February of 1870, he married Olivia Langdon. Due to her wealthiness, his social status rose. They stayed in Buffalo, New York where they had one son. Sadly, his son was sick, frail, and died of diphtheria in less than two years. Clemens didn’t want to stay in Buffalo anymore so they moved to Hartford, Connecticut. Later, he had 3 more children which are girls and their named Susy, Jean, and Clara. Afterwards, he began writing novels and stories of his memories in the West. In 1876, Clemens published his biggest successful novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River with its heartwarming theme of young boy and his adventures was a resounding success. Following couple years later, in 1881 Mark Twain published a historical fiction novel,”The Prince and the Pauper” about two young boys who are identical and switch places to see how their lives are different. They are both entirely different social classes. By 1884, Clemens published “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, a direct sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. This book shamed racism, slavery, and other societal issues at the time by using the skillful approach of a satire. It made the novel controversial, but was still widely popular amongst people. Mark Twain earned a large amount of money from his books which he invested in several business ventures. However, many of the ventures failed and forced him to bankruptcy. He had to reestablish his finances and did so by traveling overseas and doing lecture tours around the world. This helped him to repay his debts. Sadly, during the year 1896, his favorite daughter Susy Clemens died from meningitis. During that time, he wasn’t reunited with his family yet and that this tragedy broke his heart and added grief to him. In 1904, his wife Olivia Langdon died from a long illness. During 1909, his youngest daughter Jean Clemens died from a heart attack. This worsened his emotional state and added to his sorrow and grief. Only one year later, he died on April 21st, 1910 at his country home in Redding, Connecticut. However, his body was buried in Elmira, New York. Samuel L. Clemens had some notable works, awards, and achievements. In 1901, the Yale University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Also, in 1907, Oxford University Awarded Mark Twain an honorary Doctorate of Letters. His best known novels are: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, and “The Prince and the Pauper.” Still, all his novels and stories alike have such vivid details and descriptions the reader gets to experience what characters in the books are experiencing. All these novels are still popular to read and loved by people all around the world. Overall, Samuel Clemens stories and novels all have satires in different formats to criticize an important issues at the time, without ruining the humor, arrogance, and insolent filled novel or story. These satires have criticized many things, like racism, slavery, inequality, and injustice towards different people. During that time, these were all very common social issues and his novels/stories skillfully shamed those issues. In addition, some of his stories actually were based of his life experiences and hardships. Some of his novel’s incorporated his poor life experiences such as the life of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain led a very unique life, having success and even being known as the Father of American Literature, yet having so much misfortune and sadness. He was one of the best known authors during the 1900’s and today. He is still a popular, remembered author and his novels and stories have helped his legacy live on.