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Title: Mark Twain

Mark Twain
  • By Lori Mason

  • Sam Clemens
  • Born 1935 in Florida, MO
  • Moved to Hannibal, MO in 1939
  • Married
  • Family life important to him
  • Daughters

Professional Life
  • Mark Twains most popular books
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court
  • Puddn Head Wilson
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Adventures of Huck Finn

Main CharactersThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Huck Finn
  • Becky Thatcher
  • Injun Joe

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • MOST of the adventures recorded in this
    book really occurred one or two were experiences
    of my own, the rest those of boys who were
    schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from
    life Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual
    -- he is a combination of the characteristics of
    three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to
    the composite order of architecture.  The odd
    superstitions touched upon were all prevalent
    among children and slaves in the West at the
    period of this story -- that is to say, thirty or
    forty years ago.
  •       Although my book is intended mainly for
    the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it
    will not be shunned by men and women on that
    account, for part of my plan has been to try to
    pleasantly remind adults of what they once were
    themselves, and of how they felt and thought and
    talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes
    engaged in.

Hannibal, MO
  • Yearly Activities
  • Fence Painting
  • Tours
  • Toms House
  • Hucks House
  • Jackson Island

Mark Twain House, Exterior, Farmingham Avenue,
Hartford, CT
American Memory collection, LOC
Westward Expansion Influences
  • Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), left
    Missouri in 1861 to work with his brother, the
    newly appointed Secretary of the Nevada
    Territory. Once settled in Nevada, Clemens fell
    victim to gold fever and went to the Humboldt
    mines. When prospecting lost its attractions,
    Clemens found work as a reporter in Virginia
  • In 1864, Clemens moved to California and worked
    as a reporter in San Francisco. It was there that
    he began to establish a nationwide reputation as
    a humorist.

Experiences Influence His Writing
  • Roughing It, first published in 1872, is Clemens
    account of his adventures in the West. He devotes
    twenty chapters to the overland journey by boat
    and stagecoach to Carson City, including several
    chapters on the Mormons.
  • Next come chronicles of mining life and local
    politics and crime in Virginia City and San
    Francisco and even a junket to the Hawaiian
  • The book closes with his return to San Francisco
    and his introduction to the lecture circuit.

Did You Know..
  •  Twain was the first modern celebrity!
  •  Twain  had the first endorsement
  • contracts!
  • Twain was one of the most interesting
  • humans ever!

Evidence of His Fame
LOC Amer. Memory Collection
Cashing In On Fame
Twains popularity made him a natural to serve as
a product spoke-person.
Lux detergent keeps those famous white linen
suits clean!
So famous he even had collector cards.
Emergence of Advertising Collection, LOC

Photos and Information from the the Library of
Congress American Memory Collection.