Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), who used the pseudonym Mark Twain,was raised in Hannibal, Missouri. He served in the Confederate militia during the Civil War, and he later worked as a typesetter, a Mississippi steamboat pilot, and a newspaper reporter. In 1884, Twain published the novel about Huckleberry Finn.
The novel begins where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ended, sometime between 1834 and 1844. Huckleberry is living in St. Petersburg, Missouri, with the widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson, who "adopted" Huck and are trying to civilize him. The adventure begins when Huck’s dad, Pap, kidnaps him. They begin traveling up the river to Illinois. Huck escapes from Pap (who has locked Huck in a cabin) and fakes his own death. While hiding on Jackson Island, Huck meets Jim, a runaway slave. Traveling down the Mississippi River together, Huck and Jim are joined by two con men, the King and the Duke. They meet others along the path as they learn more about the sometimes unfairness of Southern culture.