Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. An American humorist, journalist, literary critic, and novelist, Twain is most widely known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (American Publishing Company, 1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Charles L. Webster & Co., 1885).
Twain also wrote over 120 poems in his lifetime, mostly in his later years. While mostly published in magazines and pamphlets, his verse was eventually collected in the 1966 book On the Poetry of Mark Twain with Selections from His Verse (University of Illinois Press). He died on April 21, 1910 near Redding, Connecticut.