Edward Windsor Kemble, from the original illustrations of the book, 1884

Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1835, in Florida. His real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Four years after his birth the Clemens family moved to Hannibal, Missouri. Hannibal was a port city along the banks of the river Mississippi. It was a frequent stop for steamboats arriving from St. Louis and New Orleans.

His two major works are "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", 1876, and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", 1885. In both novels the river Mississippi is a key element, representing freedom. Click on the fucsia links to find out more.

Try this webquest:
It is a webquest about Mark Twain and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", designed by the teacher. Enjoy!!


"Huckleberry Finn", background to the story (chapters 1-2)
"Huckleberry Finn" activities (chapters 1-2)
"Huckleberry Finn" activities (chapters 4-5)