When Norman Rockwell was invited to illustrate the children's classic Tom Sawyer in 1935, he went where no other Twain illustrator had gone before.-.to Hannibal Missouri. Norman wanted to get the authentic details of Mark Twain's childhood. What did he find?
wondered if there'd be anything of Twain and his era left in the town. Maybe Hannibal had forgotten Twain and transformed itself into another slick chromium-and-neon metropolis. When I arrived I found that the exact opposite had happened. Mark Twain had swallowed up Hannibal. There was the Mark Twain Hotel, the Mark Twain meat market....... everything was Mark Twain.
from My Adventures as an Illustrator by Norman Rockwell.