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No author is more closely associated with the Mississippi River than Mark Twain.
Twain was born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835. When he was four, his family moved to the little town of Hannibal, along the shores of the Mississippi. Though Clemens left Hannibal at the age of 18 and later became a world-famous author and humorist, it was Hannibal and the Mississippi that inspired his greatest works.