About the Author
Date of Birth:November 30, 1835
Date of Death:April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:Redding, Connecticut
To all readers: This is a faithful adaptation of Twain's original words. Some will argue the use of the Twain's description for Jim, the runaway slave, is no longer relevant. The point of Twain's application of the term is that he placed a clear emphasis on the bitterness he felt about a society that was made up of moral cowards. In the end, the person with the greatest redeeming qualities is the one who bears the brunt of society's ignorance.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain in The Art of Authorship pp 87-88 (1890)