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The Quotable Mark Twain

Macomb, IL – A Macomb bookstore celebrated the life of Mark Twain by holding a reading of his works on the centennial anniversary of his death.

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The readings took place during the noon hour on April 21 at New Copperfield's Book Service. Those who read include book store owners Linda Cox and Richard Hunsley, plus Baird Risdon and Jeff Semonis. Several other people showed up to listen.

Cox believes Twain is almost universally admired.

"I am amazed by the number of people who quote him when they come into this store," said Cox.

Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri.

Twain's family moved to Hannibal when he was four. The town was part of the inspiration for his beloved novels "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Twain is the also author of numerous other well-known fictional stories, including "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," and "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson."

His non-fiction work includes "The Innocents Abroad" and "Old Times on the Mississippi." He also penned essays, political satire, and an autobiography (published posthumously in 1924).

Twain died on April 21, 1910. The obituary in The New York Times praised Twain as the "greatest American humorist of his age."