Mark Twain A famous man once said, “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” This man is considered to be one of the most influential American writers in history. His two most famous works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His real name is Samuel Clemens, but most know him by his pen name, Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. His father worked in many different jobs, never managing to obtain the wealth he so dearly wanted. His mother was a fun-loving, tenderhearted homemaker who whiled away many a winter's night for her family by telling stories (biography.com). This may have helped play a part in Sam’s later life. At the age of 4 Samuel Clemens and his family moved to Hannibal, a growing port city that lay along the banks of the Mississippi, and was a frequent stop for steam boats arriving by both day and night from St. Louis and New Orleans (cgmww.com).This bustling town was the foundation of his famous novels Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. The incoming and outgoing of interesting people, such as steamboat crews and circus troops influenced Sam to be adventurous. Sam went to school until his father died, which made it necessary to be apprenticed to a printer. He later got a job at a small newspaper the Hannibal Western Union, which was owed by his brother Orion. Money and food was meager but the family made it through. At the age of 21, Clemens fulfilled a dream: He began learning the art of piloting a steamboat on the Mississippi. He said, ”a pilot, in those days, was the only unfettered and entirely independent human being that lived in the earth.” He loved the freedom of the river. It was here that he picked up his famous pen name Mark Twain, a river term for 12 feet of water, right on the edge of safe water. Unfortunately, the Civil War started and caused a halt in civilian traffic on the Mississippi River. Twain, without a job, joined a small Confederate force. After 2 weeks the force disbanded. Looking for a new start, Twain headed to the west. After several unsuccessful attempts, Twain eventually found success in Nevada writing stories…
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. When he was 4 years old, the Clemens clan moved. John Clemens worked as a storekeeper, lawyer, judge and land speculator, dreaming of wealth but never achieving it, sometimes finding it hard to feed his family. According to one legend, young Sam never saw him laugh. His mother was the complete opposite. She was a fun-loving…
years later. Another brother, Pleasant (1828–1829), died at six months. Twain was born two weeks after the closest approach to Earth of Halley's Comet.
When he was four, Twain's family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a port town on the Mississippi River that inspired the fictional town of St. Petersburg in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Missouri was a slave state and young Twain became familiar with the institution of slavery, a theme he would later explore…
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He was the son of Jane (née Lampton; 1803–1890), a native of Kentucky, and John Marshall Clemens (1798–1847), a Virginian by birth. His parents met when his father moved to Missouri and were married several years later, in 1823. He was the sixth of seven children, but only three of his siblings survived childhood: his brother Orion (1825–1897)…
Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to pen several novels, including two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut. Writing grand tales about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and the mighty Mississippi River, Mark Twain explored the American soul with wit, buoyancy, and…
Honors U.S. History
October 14, 2013
Mark Twain: The Father of American Literature
Mark Twain’s personal works made him famous in the literary world, not only in America but worldwide. His humor and American insight, coming from a little port city to the companion of kings, made him hard not to love.
John Clemens was a hard workingman. His family was well off with their possession of land and slaves in Campbell County, Virginia. In 1805 Johns father died, whereupon the family…
November 11, 2014
Mark Twain Biography and Literary Criticism
Mark Twain is a man who has seen it all and done it all. He lived in Missouri, Iowa,
Louisiana, California, Connecticut and even Germany. Twain has doctorate degrees at three
different universities despite quitting school at age twelve. He worked as an editor, a river boat
captain, and a gold panner to name a few. Twain was also a journalist and a lecturer. However,
Mark Twain is remembered for being one of the most profound early American authors…
Censoring Mark Twain’s Words
By Anthony Romanelli
January 28th, 2011
NewSouth Books has recently released a new edition of Mark Twain’s book, Huckleberry Fin, which has removed the use of the ‘n-word’ for many apparent reasons.
Removing the offensive words makes it easier to teach the book to students, but on the other hand people argue that it’s a problem because it is erasing a part of our country’s past.
Earnest Hemmingway in 1935 said, “All modern American literature comes from one book…
Christened as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835
in the small river town of Florida, Missouri, just 200 miles from Indian Territory. The sixth child
of John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton, Twain lived in Florida, Missouri until the age of
four, at which time his family relocated to Hannibal in hopes of improving their living situation.
Like the steamboat on which Mark Twain adopted his pen name, the industrial growth
that swept America in the latter…
A Curious Dream by Mark Twain
The aim of the following paper is to analyze a story by Mark Twain called A Curious Dream. We propose in this paper firstly, to analyze characters, theme and point of view; secondly, the author’s style and thirdly, the author’s beliefs.
The main participants in the story are: the author and John Baxter Copmanhurst (the skeleton). The author in the story is the narrator presented with the subject pronoun “I”; he is the one who describes and comments…