After the Civil War, Samuel Clemens (1835–1910) left his small town to seek work as a riverboat pilot. As Mark Twain, the Missouri native found his place in the world. Author, journalist, lecturer, wit, and sage, Twain created enduring works that have enlightened and amused readers of all ages for generations. This single-volume introduction to the great American storyteller's writings features the complete text of his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as well as excerpts from Life on the Mississippi, Twain's memoir of his days as a steamboat pilot. The book also contains the classic short stories "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "The £1,000,000 Bank-Note," "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," and "The Mysterious Stranger."