His personal history has been the subject of controversy, with rumors of alcoholism and his marriage to a 13 year old cousin sparking the debate but adding to the mystique. His works include The Telltale Heart, The Murder in the Rue Morgue and more.
Twain as a humorist was master of the techniques of exaggeration. Sensitive to the sound of language, he introduced colloquial speech into American fiction. Titles include: Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Huckleberry Finn, and others.
Irish-born author, playwright, and poet Oscar Wilde is known not only for his works of literature but also as one of the leading members of late nineteenth century England's aestheticism movement. Some of his famous works include The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere's Fan. His eccentricities and unconventional lifestyle at the time drew public attention, but pale in comparison to his important contribution to modern literature.