St. Petersburg Times 1876
By: Nikhil Desai
Boys Go Missing!
Uncovering Twain's Secrets
Have you ever wondered what the great author Mark Twain thought of his books? Now you can...
Reporter: 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?
Mark: I always played Robin Hood as a child and wanted Tom's activities to be a little like mine.
Reporter: Why did you make Tom and break up with Becky so fast even though they both loved each other?
Mark: I think it added a little drama to the story and showed how much Tom really loves Becky.
Reporter: Mr. Twain, I was wondering why you added a murder to the story?
Mark: Good question. My story has little individual stories within the whole story. I felt the murder could combine all the characters and stories and make it one