Today’s Birthday: Mark Twain

It's November 30, and Mark Twain was born on this date in 1835.  He died 75 years later in 1910, and Halley's Comet passed by earth within days of his entrance into the world and his exit from it.  You probably know that Mark Twain wasn't his real name (Samuel Clemens was) and that he introduced us to characters like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among others.  You can read Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court after you enroll in our Literature 3: Selected American Classics course.  It's one of several high school correspondence courses that students take while they work to earn a high school diploma at home or are enrolled in our independent study high school program.  If you want to learn more about Mark Twain, a visit to the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri is a great place to start.  The town of Hannibal itself has Mark Twain sites throughout and sits roughly halfway between Chicago and St. Louis.  It's a great opportunity to enhance your American School experience, as are visits to museums and historic sites dedicated to other authors who are in our curriculum.