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As one of America's first and foremost realists and humorists, Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel  Langhorne Clemens, usually wrote about his own personal experiences and things he knew about  from firsthand experience. Two of his best-known novels typify this trait: In  his Adventures of Tom  Sawyer , Twain immortalized the sleepy little town of Hannibal, Missouri (the fictional St. Petersburg),  as well as the steamboats which passed through it daily; likewise, in  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  (both written before  A Connecticut Yankee ) the various characters are based on types which Twain  encountered both in his hometown and while working as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River;  and even though  A Connecticut Yankee  is not based on personal experience (it is set in sixth-century  England), Twain uses many of the same techniques that he used in his 
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