Writers Who Made Me: Mark Twain

I was first introduced to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" when I was fourteen when it was one of the set books at school.

I loved it and was inspired to read its precursor "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". That year I came first in the end of year English Literature examinations. I keep a copy of Tom Sawyer on my Kindle and regularly revisit it.

Another of my favourite stories from Mark Twain was the tale of "The Prince and the Pauper" set in London in the seventeenth century.

Some of my favourite quotes are attributed to Mark Twain:

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

“′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”

"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”