The book I read is The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, which was written by Mark Twain, and before I read the book, I search some information about him, I think it may support a lot of help for my reading. Introduction of the author:
Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Clemens. He was one of the greatest American writers. He captured a peculiarly American humor. He represented a new American voice. Mark was born in Florida, Mississippi, in 1835, and grew up in nearby Hannibal, a small Mississippi River town. When Samuel was 12, his father died of pneumonia, and at 13, Samuel left school to become a printer's apprentice. After two short years, he joined his brother Orion's newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. It was here that young Samuel found he enjoyed writing. At 17, he left Hannibal behind for a printer’s job in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Clemens became a river pilot’s apprentice. He became a licensed river pilot in 1858. Clemens’ pseudonym, Mark Twain, comes from his days as a river pilot. It is a river term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being surrounded. “Mark twain” means that is safe to navigate. Because the river trade was brought to a standstill by the Civil War in 1861, Mark Twain enlisted in the Confederate militia early in the Civil War, but he soon left to begin working as a newspaper reporter for several newspapers all over the United States. His articles and stories became immensely popular in the decades that followed. In 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children. Mark Twain passed away on April 21, 1910, but has influence today. His childhood home is open to the public as a museum in Hannibal. Throughout his career, Mark Twain published more than 30 books, hundreds of short stories and essays and gave lecture tours around the world. By the end of his life in 1910, Mark Twain had become known as the quintessential American author having captured in his works the spirit, character and even dialect of a diverse nation. His writing also served to voice his running commentary on American society. Thinly veiled behind the mask of humor and satire, Mark Twain’s writing often critiqued social morals, politics and human nature, making his literature a unique reflection of the American experience in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In America, his position of The Lincoln of American Literature is unshakable. Mark Twain is one of the most famous humorists in the world. His humorous language, special writing style and writing skill have attracted the people from all over the world. The Adventure of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are the most famous and popular works of him. He is extensively quoted. Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Twain was very popular, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned praise from critics and peers. Upon his death he was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age” and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”. So I think I have chosen a good book.
Form this book I know the story is about a twelve-year-old boy called Tom Sawyer, who lives with his Aunt Polly, his brother, Sid, also known as Sidney, and cousin Mary, in the Mississippi River town of St Petersburg, Missouri. Tom doesn't like to go to school and often tries to find some reasons to skip school. When Aunt Polly asks him to paint as a punishment, he is so disappointed at first, but Tom soon cleverly persuades his friends to trade him a large marble for the privilege of doing his work happily. Tom fall in love with Rebecca Becky Thatcher, a new girl in town, and persuades her to get “engaged” to him at lunchtime of her first day in school. Their love is ruined when she learns that Tom has been engaged to another girl before. Tom’s friend Huck...