15 Famous Authors Who Were Published After 40
Erica Verrillo

“Huckleberry Finn” wasn’t Twain’s first novel, and certainly not his first book. He was published as an essayist and journalist as early as 30 (“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” story went nationwide), and had three book collections, and two novels, out before Huck, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” His first novel was “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today,” a collaboration that came out in 1873, when Clemens was 38. “Tom Sawyer” came out in 1876, with “The Prince and the Pauper” next, then three more travel books before Huck’s publication. The first sentence is “You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer;’ but that ain’t no matter.”

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