"In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through the skin, without even opening them." (Mark Twain)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens grew up on the lazy Mississippi River, serving as inspiration for his books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin. He served as a printer's apprentice in Hannibal, Missouri where he grew up. Later, he moved to big cities like New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis where he educated himself at the public libraries. Under the pen name Mark Twain he penned 28 novels and numerous short stories. Eugene O'Neill proclaimed him "The Father of American Literature."