Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist best known for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer and also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling. He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker, becoming a national celebrity during his day. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, one of the most famous American novels, was written by Mark Twain and published in 1876. Read around the country by young children to this day, its a classic story about young boys growing up along the Mississippi River. The semiautobiographical story is set in the town of "St. Petersburg", inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived. This edition of Twains The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with nearly 100 pictures.