Magnet pictures Mark Twain / Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). He began writing at age 16 for his brother's newspaper and at 18 traveled and worked in the East, educating himself at public libraries. For the next 4 years he worked as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi. Though a confederate sympathizer, Clemens spent the war years in the west, trying his hand at mining and writing for newspapers in Nevada and California.
He married in the early 1870s and lived in New York and Connecticut, where he wrote Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and others of his best known works.