Also (and originally) the poor, mischievous
but lovable protagonist
of a novel
, (omigod it's NODED! Yay!) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
, written by Mark Twain
) in 1876
, and his top seller ever after. Tom was loosely based on Clemens' and others' youthful experiences in and around Hannibal
, a Mississippi River
town then at the American frontier
. This book also introduces Huckleberry Finn
, who later got his own book.
Tom was a rare point of fresh youthful idealism in Twain's otherwise cynical worldview.