Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, held a remarkable variety of jobs throughout his life: typesetter, printer’s apprentice, journalist and pilot of a boat on the Mississippi river. He failed to find gold in the great rush and finally settled with journalism. A truly American voice, Twain was eventually heralded as the greatest American humorist of his age. William Faulkner called Twain ‘the father of American literature’. Born during a visit by Haley’s Comet, he died on its return at the age of 75.