Black and white portrait of Mark Twain

Mark Twain

1998 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee


Mark Twain, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He moved west from Missouri to Nevada with his brother Orion, and documented his travels and his subsequent years living in  Nevada and California in his book Roughing It. Twain also wrote for the Virginia City newspaper The Territorial Enterprise, where he met Tom Fitch, who was a lawyer and editor of the competing town newspaper, the Virginia Daily Union. Twain credited Fitch with giving his "first really profitable lecture in writing." Twain is famous for his short stories, and his classic novels like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.