Mark Twain was a man of many facets. He was an iconic writer, and his love of science led him to promote new techniques and inventions. Furthermore, he absolutely adored cats. A glance through his novels will show that he had an affinity for the animal, but even that’s just scratching the surface. Indeed, he often turned his famous wit to describe exactly why he liked cats more than human beings.
Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Later, as an author, he became arguably most famous for the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn stories. Even today, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is still considered to be one of the great American novels. He penned other still-popular works too, including The Prince and the Pauper and the travel book A Tramp Abroad.
Twain’s talent for writing got him into a position where he was able to speak out about important issues of his day. He supported the abolition of slavery and the suffrage of women. He also grew sympathetic to Native Americans, writing in Following the Equator that colonizers had subjected native populations to “robbery, humiliation, and slow, slow murder, through poverty and the white man’s whiskey.”