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Title: Mark Twain An American Icon


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Mark Twain An American Icon
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  • Real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens
  • Worked as a riverboat pilot in his youth
  • When he started his writing career, he changed
    his name to Mark Twain
  • Mark Twain means two fathoms, a safe depth for
    a riverboat

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  • 1861-Mark Twain headed West to avoid the Civil
    War
  • First job reporter at the Virginia City
    Territorial Enterprise
  • At this job, Twain first discovered his talent
    for writing

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  • Age 34-Married Olivia Langdon, who was part of a
    wealthy coal family
  • Olivia provided her familys home in NY for him
    to write and relax

5
  • His most famous novel is The Adventures of
    Huckleberry Finn.
  • Many have criticized it for being racist
  • Mark Twain was not racist, but he simply
    depicted life in his times.

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"I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices
nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that
a man is a human being, and that is enough for
me he can't be any worse."
7
  • 1900-Twain had become the most important American
    celebrity
  • He was invited to attend fancy dinners,
    gatherings, ship launchings, political events.
  • Reporters were always anxious to get a humorous
    quip or comment from him
  • He started wearing all white suits he loved to
    stroll down the street so people would stare at
    him

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  • Twain began to involve himself in fanciful
    investment schemes that led to his bankruptcyand
    eventual departure to Europe 1891-1901.

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  • He began to travel the world speaking and
    lecturing.
  • He combined humor with information to reach the
    public

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  • He died on April 21, 1910.

I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one
of the great authors, because they have a sad
habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is
dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and Im
not feeling so well myself.Mark Twain
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I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is
coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go
out with it. It will be the greatest
disappointment of my life if I don't go out with
Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt
"Now here are these two unaccountable freaks
they came in together, they must go out
together."
12
On Politics
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a
Congressman can. "It could probably be shown
by facts and figures that there is no distinctly
native American criminal class except Congress."
13
On sanity
Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came near
it. I'd rather have ten snakes in the house
than one fly.
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The dog is a gentleman I hope to go to his
heaven, not man's.
15
On Humor... Humor is mankind's greatest
blessing.
The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can
stand.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to
cheer somebody else up.
16
On Education The man who does not read good
books has no advantage over the man who can't
read them.
Classic--a book which people praise and don't
read.
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and one more
  • Persons attempting to find a motive in this
    narrative will be prosecuted persons attempting
    to find a moral in it will be banished persons
    attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
  • --authors note from The Adventures of
    Huckleberry Finn

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Advice to Youth
  • Annotating Advice to Youth

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As a group of 2-3
  • Complete a SOAPSTone for Advice to Youth
  • Closely annotate your assigned paragraph
  • 3. Identify and be ready to share with the class
    the satirical devices used in your assigned
    paragraph.

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