St. Petersburg Street Journal
An illustration of one of the missing boys.
The creature that I believe to have taken the boys.
A likely place where the boys encountered the nymph.
Entering Twain Territory
Interview with Mark Twain
A: Many boys my age were fascinated by outlaws during the time period of this book, and I believe that Robin Hood is one of the most famous outlaws in literature.
Q: Some people are critical of the dialect put into your book. What is your reply?
A: Sorrow is in my heart, for they cannot experience the eloquent nature of dialect. I wanted my book to be true to my birthplace and it's people.
Q: In your book, I admire the strength of the relationship between Tom and Joe. What inspired you to come up with these characters?
A: In my youth, I knew many boys just like Tom and Joe. They would do many mischievous acts together in their strong bond of friendship.