St. Petersburg Times
January 13th, 1835
3 Boys Ran Away From Home & Have Drowned in the Mississippi River
Interview with Sir. Mark Twain
Question 1: 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?
Mr. Twain's answer: Well, I remember doing the same thing as a child. I generally played the role of Little John, a close companion to Robin. I felt that the tale of Robin Hood was something interesting to add into the book.
Question 2: Why did you write The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?
Mr. Twain's answer: Well, I felt that people would enjoy a little fiction tale about a cheeky, adventurous boy. The story is based off my childhood and some of my friends.
Question 3: How did you create the amazing character known as Thomas Sawyer?
Mr. Twain's answer: Okay, Tom Sawyer is a mixture of my friends and I. He has my friend's goofiness, my brains, and my other friend's charm.
By Daniel Davies