Today marks the birthdate of a couple of my favorite authors. Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835. He was born around the time Halley’s Comet was visible on earth, and throughout his life, he predicted that since he arrived with the comet, he’d depart with it as well. He passed away on April 21, 1910, the day after the comet returned.
He wrote numerous novels, short stories, and essays, though his most notable works included The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and Pudd’nhead Wilson. Huckleberry Finn was always my favorite with Tom Sawyer being a close second. However, I must admit that until I researched Mr. Twain for this post, I had no idea that he also wrote two sequels to his Tom Sawyer novel, Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective. Now I know what I need to add to my shopping list!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Twain!
Jonathan Swift was also born on November 30, 1667. He was an Irish author, clergyman, and satirist. By the time he was seventeen, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Trinity College in Dublin. When he was twenty-three, he met his future wife who was only eight years old at the time! (Am I the only one that finds that a little creepy?)
One of Mr. Swift’s most notable books is one of my favorites: Gulliver’s Travels. The original title was Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, In Four Parts, By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships. Now there’s a mouthful!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Swift!