GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Mark Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday Press on Nov. 18, 1865.
Caledonia resident, Tom Buettner, returns to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, Nov. 14 to present a program following Mark Twain from his birth in Florida, Missouri, through his life in Hartford, Connecticut, to his final emotional farewell to his beloved Hannibal.
A giant figure of his time, William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.” Extensively quoted, Twain’s keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. Twain's first book, “The Innocents Abroad,” was published in 1869.