But after a while she finds that beneath this goodly...

But after a while she finds that beneath this goodly exterior, all is vanity, the flattery which once charmed her soul, now grates harshly upon her ear; the ball-room has lost its charms; and with wasted health and imbittered heart, she turns away with the conviction that earthly pleasures cannot satisfy the longings of the soul!

About the Writer

Mark Twain in Middle Life (1895)
1835 - 1910

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.

About the Book

This novel follows a young boy named Tom Sawyer growing up along the Mississippi River. As with many of Twain's works, the fictional town of St. Petersburg is inspird by the real town of Hannibal, Missouri where Twain lived. Tom is accompanied in his adventures by his best friend Huckleberry Finn, after Tom is rebuffed by his love interest Becky Thatcher.  The character of Tom Sawyer also appears in several of Twain's other works, most notably Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been the subject of numerous film and stage adaptations since its publication, and is considered one of Twain's most famous novels.

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