<Author>Clemens, Samuel Langhorne; Mark Twain</Author>
<Title>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer</Title>
<Edition>[Prose Works. Selections.] Library of America. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1985</Edition>
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<p> MY WIFE
<p> <i>This Book is
<p> Affectionately Dedicated.</i>
<p> Most of the adventures recorded in this book really
occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those
of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from
life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual -- he is a
combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and
therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture.
<p> The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent
among children . . .