Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Mark Twain has a big claim to being America's most popular author. Real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was famous as a humorist, but was also a humanitarian - he supported women's rights and said he hated racism (though some of his reported views on Native Americans would contradict this), and his views on vivisection showed his compassion for animals: "I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't... The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further."
Twain, who would often work on four or five books at any one time, produced some of the most famous works in the history of American literature, including 'The Innocents Abroad (1869)', 'The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (1876)', 'The Prince And The Pauper (1881)', 'Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1884)', and 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (1889)'.
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