Main genre: Realism / Fiction / Adventure / Historical / Non-Fiction / Humor
Main audience: Young Adult on
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Prince and the Pauper
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Short summary of the author: Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, this American writer, humorist, publisher, entrepreneur and lecturer published many books, serials and short stories under the pen name Mark Twain and others. He was awarded the titles of “greatest humorist USA ever produced” and “the father of American literature”, latter said by none other than William Faulkner.
Good points / bad points: One of the best points in Twain’s literature is his sharp wit and humor, for which he is so well-known, present most prominently in his novels, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He also paints a very pretty picture with his scenes descriptions and can become quite invested in the character when he wishes so. His books are classic for a reason and a person must read his most iconic ones at least once in their life.
As for bad points, first thing to single out is the frank, stereotypical, and sometimes offensive, language that Twain uses in regard to minorities in some of his work. That of course does not mean that he himself was such a person, but it reflects the backward thinking of the late 19th century’s society. A reader should be careful since they may come across such language. When he is extremely passionate, Twain also tends to go on too long on a certain topic and readers may notice how his own ardent opinion seep into his protagonists’ thoughts.