The Saint Petersburg Bayou
Three Boys playing by the Mississippi River disappeared.
May 7th, 1834
The most recent photograph of the Joseph Harper (left), Huckleberry Finn (middle), and Thomas Sawyer (right).
A View from the other side of a Book:
Mark Twain (Photoed here) tells us about his book, "Tom Sawyer."
Tom Sawyer, one of the missing boys.
A View from the other side of the Book:
Mark Twain talks about the book Tom Sawyer.
Me: "Mr. Twain, in your new book, I enjoyed your allusion to Robin Hood when the boys were playing games on the island. Why did you choose that particular allusion?"
Twain: "I chose that illusion from my childhood particularly. Many of the stories from my book, like the Robin Hood story, relate to my childhood. My stories are also based off of people who have influenced me or people who have made me laugh."
Me: "Was Huckleberry Finn based on someone in your life or was he made up?"
Twain: "Huck is based off of one of my closest friends. He really inspired me to write some of my stories in the book. I couldn't just forget about these stories. I needed to tell the world."
Me: "With all the new Tom Sawyer books you have written, do you feel the original is the best written?"
Twain: "The original is most certainly the best. The reason I made those books is because the readers wanted more Tom Sawyer and I personally thought it wasn't a good idea. Plus, an original is an original and you can't make a good sequel like the first book."
Mr. Twain's closing sentence was he is currently writing an entire book about Huckleberry Finn.