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As you may know by now, thanks to the screen-spanning Google Doodle tribute, Samuel Longhorne Clemens, better known by his pseudonym, Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (pub. 1865), was born on this day in 1835.

We read Huck Finn next term. I can’t wait. It’s one of the most exciting novels I’ve ever read. So, from the depths of my bottomless respect for Mr. Twain, I extend best wishes to his lively spirit. He’s stirring up mischief somewhere.

Here’s footage taken by Thomas Edison of Twain at his estate in 1909: