“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ~ Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 to April 21, 1910)
Mark Twain was the most famous pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, an American novelist, writer, intellectual, and public speaker. Mark Twain is a quintessential American writer; his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) – despite criticism – is considered to be one of the finest American novels.
[Source for quotation: BrainyQuote.com, accessed October 1, 2010. Dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed October 1, 2010. Some of the biographical information was already known to me].
2010 marks a publishing event: Mark Twain’s unexpurgated autobiography of 500,000 words in three volumes will be pulished – 100 years after his death – in November. Here’s an article from The New York Times about Twain’s autobiography.