St Petersburg Times

Special interview with author Mark Twain

Interview with Mark Twain

St Petersburg Times: 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 Twain: I have always liked the message of the Robin Hood story - stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - so I decided to incorporate that into my book.

SPT: How did you get the idea to include the part where Tom, Huck and Joe walk in on their own funeral?

MT: Well, I thought the book was getting a little bit too tense. It was not supposed to be like that, so I decided to add a little bit of humor, to lighten the story up a bit.

SPT: One last question Mr.Twain: What was the most fun part of writing this book?

MT: Probably coming up with all of the funny, and mischievous things that Tom does.


Recently, three boys from St. Petersburg have gone missing. Their names are Thomas Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Joseph Harper. If the boys are seen, it is to be reported to the city police office so that their parents can be contacted immediately. The boys were last seen rafting down the Mississippi River. Remember to keep your eyes out for three lost boys.