Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better know by his pen name Mark Twain, was a prolific author from Missouri. His most famous novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a famous example of "The Great American Novel", a honest snapshot of the times in which it is set. Twain was well known during his lifetime, earning income through writing and lectures, but suffered pecuniary difficulties later in life. He is considered by many to be one of the fathers of american literature.
A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy height of a grass blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said, "Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children's alone," and she took wing and went off to see about it -- which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations, and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.