The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an 1876 novel by Mark Twain about a boy growing up with an aunt by the Mississippi River. The plot takes place in the 1840s in a fictional city, the prototype of the city of Hannibal (Missouri), where Twain lived as a child. The novel depicts several adventures, often involving the Durga of the main character, Huckleberry Finn. Initially a commercial failure, the book turned out to be the best-selling of Twain's works in his entire life. Many consider it a masterpiece of American literature and one of the first novels written on a typewriter.