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A Young Mans Life on the Mississippi Although Mark Twain was primarily recognized and known as a humorist during his life scholars now regard his work as some of the best and most authentic in American literature The uses of his personal experiences and knowledge obtained on the Mississippi River dominate Twains legacy Twain Mark Through his works Twain accurately depicts the life of a youth on the Mississippi in mid-nineteenth-century America One of his most popular novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer helps some adults remember what they once were themselves Mark Twain in His Times Mark Twain took a boy of the Southwest for the hero of his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and has presented him with a fidelity to circumstance that loses no charm by being realistic in the highest degree Twain deals with the escapades of a young boy growing up on the Mississippi River He gives incomparably the best picture of life in that region that had yet been known to fiction The town where Tom Sawyer was born and brought up is some such idle shabby little Mississippi River town as Twain has so well described in his piloting reminiscences Yet Tom belongs to the better sort of people in it and has been bred to fear God and dread the Sunday school according to the strictest rite of the faiths that have characterized all the respectability of the Mississippi His subjection in these respects does not so deeply affect his inherent tendencies but that he makes himself a beloved burden to the poor tender-hearted old aunt who brings him up with his orphan brother and sister and struggles vainly with his manifold sins actual and imaginary The limitations of his transgressions are nicely and artistically traced He is mischievous but not vicious he is ready for almost any depredation that involves the danger and honor of adventure but profanity he
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