“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
On November 18, 1865, Mark Twain published an early version of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” in The New York Saturday Press, bringing him his first significant fame.
During the Civil War, Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens) lost his job as a steamboat pilot. He then made his way west to California and Nevada, making ends meet prospecting for silver and gold and writing for various newspapers and magazines. It was here that his first popular story was born.