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Title: Mark Twain


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Mark Twain
  • 1835 1910

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Mark Twain
  • Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Missouri
  • forced to go to work as a newspaper editor at the
    age of 12, after his father died (mostly to help
    support mother and sister)
  • At 18, he set out on his own as a printer for the
    next 15 years.
  • Discovered a love for steamboats that filled the
    Mississippi River.
  • Received his pen name Mark Twain from boat,
    dealing with marking water depth.
  • Most celebrated humorist in American history and
    literature.
  • In addition to being a humorist, he is also
    labeled as a Realist (a bit ironic)
  • Behind the humor in his literature, exists a
    revelation of reality
  • Active in Civil War with Confederates, but
    abandoned military life quickly to be a gold
    prospector in Nevada.
  • Didnt get rich, but became inspired through
    storytelling

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Mark Twain
  • In 1871, he moved to Connecticut and built a
    large home that is visited today by thousands of
    tourists yearly.
  • Began publishing work (including Roughing It and
    Life on the Mississippi)
  • Began writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
  • Tone and voice difficulties / couldnt decide if
    he was writing for children or adults
  • In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884),
    Twain found the voice he was seeking.
  • Could never duplicate the success of this novel,
    but continued to write
  • His later years were filled with financial,
    professional and personal tragedy
  • Bankruptcy
  • Death oldest daughter in 1896 (meningitis),
    wife in 1904 (chronic illness), and youngest
    daughter in 1909 (epileptic seizure)
  • I know now what the soldier feels when a bullet
    crashes through his heart.
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