Happy birthday to Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known at Mark Twain. This prolific American author is best known for his two novels, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Despite being a sequel, the latter novel is often referred to as the Great American Novel. Unlike many writers of that time, Twain was not a starving artist. He was just a terrible investor, getting involved with ventures that inevitably never got off the ground for one reason or another. It seemed he also had a talent for fortune telling. Twain predicted his own death, stating, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” Sure enough, one day after the comet passed by, he passed on, leaving behind a legacy that would later lead to his title as the father of American literature.

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Source: www.biography.com