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Title: Mark Twain

Mark Twain
  • Renowned Author and Humorist

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • Regarded as one of the greatest American writers
  • He said he would have
  • preferred to spend his life
  • as a Mississippi riverboat
  • pilot.

Twain as a Young Man
  • Grew up in the Mississippi River town of
    Hannibal, Missouri
  • Grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River and
    had a true love of its riverboats

Twain as a Young Man cont.
  • His father died when Twain
  • was 11, so he left school to
  • become a printers apprentice.
  • He so loved life on the river
  • that he left his printing job
  • at age 21 and worked as a riverboat pilot
  • for several years.

Influence of the Mississippi
  • He was so infatuated with this river that it
    became the basis for many of his most famous

Twain the Name
  • Twain was his pen name? his real name was Samuel
    Langhorne Clemens.
  • Felt so close to the river that he chose this pen
    name because its actually a river mans call
    meaning 2 fathoms deep

A Traveling Man
  • When the Civil War closed traffic on the
    Mississippi River, Twain went west to Nevada.
  • There he supported
  • himself as a journalist
  • and lecturer.

Unique Style
  • It was in Nevada that Twain published The
    Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • This was his version of a tall tale he heard
    while working as a prospector in a mine in CA.
  • Story made him an international celebrity because
    of his unique writing style.

Back East
  • In 1869, Twain moved to
  • Hartford, Connecticut,
  • where he lived for the rest
  • of his life.
  • He did continue to travel extensively, though,
    even living in Europe for several years, but he
    always returned to Hartford.

  • He used his travels and past experiences as the
    basis for all of his novels.
  • His childhood on the Mississippi inspired The
    Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of
    Huckleberry Finn, 2 of his most famous works.

Writing Style
  • Twain was best known for his infusion of humor in
    his stories
  • He used a variety of techniques to make his
    stories humorous and, at times, almost
    ridiculous, but the readers LOVED them!

The Final Years
  • After the death of Twains wife and 3 of his 4
    children, he never really could reproduce the mix
    of pessimism and humor he was most famous for.
  • His later works showed an increasingly
    pessimistic view of society and human nature.

  • Writing intended to evoke
  • laughter
  • Humorists use a variety of techniques to make
    their writing amusing, including
  • Exaggerating/embellishing incidents to build
  • Using a narrator who takes a serious tone, adding
    humor by suggesting that the teller of the tale
    is unaware of its ridiculous qualities

Regional Dialect
  • Language specific to a particular area of the
  • This can also add to the humor of a story
  • Twain was a master at adding this dialect as
    colorful language to his stories