William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature,” and Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain, called Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Mark Twain was a travel writer, a master of humor and satire, an ardent abolitionist, an inventor, a publisher, and a popular public speaker, but he wasn’t a good money manager, and though he made a lot of money at his writing, he lost it all through bad investments and declared bankruptcy in 1893. He began a lecture tour the following year to earn the money he owed to his creditors.
In 1909, Mark Twain is reported to have said: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year and I expect to go out with it. … The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'” And he was true to his word: Mark Twain died on April 21st. 1910, a day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.