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Title: Ambrose bierce Author: e200510986 Last modified by: Steele, Emily Created Date: 1/4/2012 7:04:36 PM Document presentation format: On-screen Show (4:3) – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Mark Twain


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The notorious jumping frog of calaveras county
  • Mark Twain

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MARK TWAIN
  • Real name was Samuel Clemens
  • His pen name (Mark Twain) was a signal yelled
    out by riverboat pilots- connected him to his
    youth on the Mississippi River
  • Wrote about American themes using the American
    English people actually spoke and dirt-poor
    heroes
  • Deaths of his wife and daughters left him bitter
    and cynical
  • His writing began to depict a pessimistic view of
    society and human nature
  • (p. 562)

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the notorious jumping frog of calaveras county
  • A man from the East comes to a western mining
    town.
  • At the request of a friend, the narrator speaks
    with Simon Wheeler in order to ask after a man
    named Leonidas W. Smiley.
  • Instead of giving the narrator the information
    that he asks for, Wheeler launches into a tall
    tale about a man named Jim Smiley.

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    the story
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