Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, 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 a sharp eye for truth. He became nothing less than a national treasure. 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 to nearby Hannibal, a bustling town of 1,000 people. 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. He was an unsmiling fellow; according to one legend, young Sam never saw him laugh. His mother by contrast, was a fun-loving, tenderhearted homemaker who whiled away many a winter's night for her family by telling stories. She became head of the household in 1847 when John died unexpectedly. The Clemens family "now became almost destitute," writes biographer Everett Emerson, and was forced into years of economic struggle—a fact that would shape the career of Mark Twain. Sam Clemens lived in Hannibal from age 4 to age 17. The town, situated on the Mississippi River, was in many ways a splendid place to grow up. Steamboats arrived there three times a day, tooting their whistles; circuses, minstrel shows, and revivalists paid visits; a decent library was available; and tradesmen such as blacksmiths and tanners practiced their…
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…
public libraries in the evenings, finding wider information than at a conventional school. Clemens came from St. Louis on the packet Keokuk in 1854 and lived in Muscatine during part of the summer of 1855. The Muscatine newspaper published eight stories, which amounted to almost 6,000 words.
On a voyage to New Orleans down the Mississippi, steamboat pilot Horace E. Bixby inspired Twain to become a pilot himself. As Twain observed in Life on the Mississippi, the pilot surpassed a…
* After a few days, he compared both flasks and observed sealed flask = microorganism free, refuting Needham’s claim.
* However, spontaneous generation supporters criticized Spallanzani’s experiment as unfair, because sealing the flask prevented the “life force” from reaching the gravy.
Pasteur’s Test of Spontaneous Generation: Pasteur designed a special flask allowing air in while keeping microorganisms out
* With this experiment, Pasteur not only refuted…
immortal who treats us all alike whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all-the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and unloved”
-Mark Twain, last written statement. Moments with Mark Twain, Paine.
“You can’t depend on your judgment when imagination is out of focus”
-Mark Twain’s notebook (Harper and Brothers 1935)
The character of “Huck Finn” was based on Tom Blankenship, the real life son of a sawmill laborer and sometime drunkard named Woodson…
The War Prayer
Mark Twain’s use of optimistic diction in the prose, “The War Prayer,” effectively establishes a cheerful mood in a notoriously dismal time. Twain uses words and phrases with a generally positive connotation throughout this prose to lighten up the mood on such a depressing topic. “It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy…
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…
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…
Twain is remembered for being one of the most profound early American authors. He
wrote many famous works such as
The Gilded Age
The Adventures of Tom
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
. Mark Twain is a man who used his life
experience and many travels, along with his literary skills, including humor and character
development, to create incredible nonfiction books and fiction novels that are still printed and
read today. It is important to…
book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Fin. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” So why would we start changing that now?
Twain’s novels will certainly keep being challenged due to the fact that he used such provocative words and the time period they were written in. Huckleberry Fin could certainly be one of America’s greatest novels, and now it has been changed to fit our time period.
The book has long been out of its copyright…