November 30, 1835 – American writer, lecturer and raconteur Mark Twain is born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri. Widely considered one of the greatest American novelists, his works include Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain was outspoken on a number of social issues, including imperialism, racism and animal rights. Twain also wrote about religion: much of his output in this regard was published anonymously or posthumously. His religious satire included “Letters from the Earth,” “Extracts from Adam’s Diary,” “Eve’s Diary,” “The War Prayer” and “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.” He wrote a non-fiction book criticizing Mary Baker Eddy (founder of Christian Science), and landed in hot water when he made extemporaneous remarks in opposition to placing “In God We Trust” on US coinage. Twain died in 1910, aged 74.
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