A giant figure of his time, William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". Extensively quoted, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. Mark Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday Press on November 18, 1865. Twain's first book, "The Innocents Abroad," was published in 1869. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" in 1876, and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in 1885 endure to this day. This program follows Mark Twain from his birth in Florida, Missouri, through his life in Hartford, Connecticut, to his final emotional farewell to his beloved Hannibal. Tom Buettner is noted for presenting programs addressing a multitude of topics -- each one well-researched, each one presented in a refreshing manner. This one will be no exception.
Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult