Spotlight: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) continues to impact our culture


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived.

Tom Sawyer has had a profound Influence on our cultural for over 125 year:

  • Film & Television:
    • 30+ films and television shows have been produced of Tom Sawyer
  • Theatre:
    • 6+ theatrical shows have been produced of Tom Sawyer
  • Ballet:
    • The Ballet “Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in Three Acts” was produced in 2011
  • Internet:
    • On November 30, 2011, a Google doodle scene was a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Music: 
    • One of rock band Rush’s song is named “Tom Sawyer”

The inspiration of Tom Sawyer:

According to an October 2012 article published in Smithsonian magazine, Twain named his fictional character after a San Francisco fireman whom he met in June 1863. The real Tom Sawyer was a local hero, famous for rescuing 90 passengers after a shipwreck. The two remained friendly during Twain’s three-year stay in San Francisco, often drinking and gambling together.

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