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Title: Mark Twain


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Mark Twain
  • 1835-1910

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  • He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens and grew up
    in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi
    River.
  • When Clemens was around 11 or 12, his father
    died. Clemens left school and began working as a
    printers apprentice to help support his family.

3
  • At 21, Clemens left the printing business to
    pursue a career as a riverboat pilot. Clemens
    loved the Mississippi River and the riverboats.
  • On a riverboat, a leadsman must give the depth of
    the water to the pilot. Mark twain means a
    water depth of 24. Clemens took this as his pen
    name.

4
  • When the Civil War closed down the Mississippi
    River, Clemens moved to Nevada and worked as a
    journalist and lecturer.
  • In 1865, he published The Notorious Jumping Frog
    of Calaveras County and became famous.

5
  • After publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869,
    Clemens moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he
    lived the rest of his life.
  • While in Hartford, Clemens, as Twain, published
    several more books including The Adventures of
    Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    which is considered his masterpiece.
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