In November of the same year, their first son, Langdon Clemens, was born prematurely. However, when over 67,000 copies of , which documented the post-Gold Rush mining epoch and was published in 1872.
In March of 1872, Twain's daughter Susan Olivia was born, and the family appeared prosperous.
By 1885, Twain was considered one the greatest character writers in the literary community.
Twain died on April 21, 1910, having survived his children Langdon, Susan and Jean as well as his wife, Olivia.
Unfortunately, their son Langdon soon came down with diphtheria and died.
Twain was torn apart by his son's death, and blamed himself.
In his lifetime, he became a distinguished member of the literati, and was honored by Yale, the University of Missouri, and Oxford with literary degrees.
With his death, many volumes of his letters, articles, and fables were published, including: With the publishing of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain introduced the two immortal characters of Tom and Huckleberry to the "Hall of Fame" of American literature, as well as re-invented the traditional frontier tale. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was the last of Twain's novels written during the apex of his career.
After returning home to Hannibal, Twain learned that military companies were being organized to assist Governor Jackson, and he enlisted as a Confederate soldier.
Within a short period, he abandoned the cause, deserted the military, and along with thousands of other men avoiding the draft, moved West.