It's far more interesting than you think
Mark Twain is one of the most beloved American authors ever. His stories about conquering the wilds of the country and exploring the land as you explore your own heart are incredibly captivating to this day and will be for years to come. As incredible as Twain was, everyone has a few skeletons in their closet.
Mark Twain’s dirty little secret? He liked to keep young girls close to him because they made him feel happier. While it could seem quite inappropriate, it may have helped out him immensely.
A writer is born
Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, was born in 1835 in Missouri; he lived along the banks of the Mississippi River. He loved traveling all across the still-rugged lands of America, being inspired by the spirit of adventure he saw in so many people he met. He became a journalist and writer; his inspirations of Victorian-era America were prevalent throughout his writing.
The Power of Children
One topic that Mark liked to focus on was the precocious, adventurous, and fearless nature of children and teens. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were among his most popular works. The titles told the stories of young boys as they made trouble in their small town or set off on their own trail.
Mark also used to write about young girls, which is evident in the satirical piece Advice to Little Girls.
As Mark was becoming a well-known writer, he courted and married Olivia Langdon. They had four children together: Langdon (perished after 19 months), Susy (1872–1896), Clara (1874–1962), and Jean (1880–1909).
He dearly loved his daughters and wife, but they died untimely deaths that devastated him. Susy passed away when Mark was 61 years old, and Clara and Jean left the home to travel and work. Mark seemed to develop a case of Empty Nest Syndrome.