Mark Twain’s novels are humorous and perceptive. He creates worlds based on those he knows and, although the content may sometimes be deemed controversial, presents them in such away they do not cause offense. That is the art of a truly great writer.
The notion that art reflects life or life reflects art is often bound up in his books. In “Tom Sawyer” Twain’s young heroes turn up at their own funeral after hearing wonderful things said about them by the congregation. Ironically, Twain learns that his own obituary is reported mistakenly in the New York Journal hence his famous quote, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”.
The chance to hear nice things said about us after we have passed away should be a pleasant experience. Unfortunately most of us never get the chance.