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
and educated one. And Twain seems to imply that all his readers agree with him about gambling.
Critical Text: I will be using Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to define and illustrate realism; the realist uses a careful description of everyday life, usually of the lower and middle classes. A writing, that is ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is.
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…
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…
November 28, 2014
Throughout all of history, slavery and race has always been an issue. During the era of
Mark Twain, This was no different. Mark Twain lived during a time period called the
“Jacksonian Democracy” which was the political movement toward greater democracy for the
common man symbolized by American politician Andrew Jackson and his supporters. Mark was
born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835. When he was just four years old, Twain and
his family moved to Hannibal…
Life on the Mississippi
This was the first book Samuel Clemens “Mark Twain” had wrote on a type writer. The book really is amazing, it very accurately talks about life in the 1800s. It was published by James R. Osgood & company, Boston in 1883. It’s a pretty short book, only around 300 pages, the scene around the Mississippi river is vividly detailed by our author. The thesis of this book is life on the Mississippi shows people never see the true beauty of nature, they look over it.
(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)…
Huckleberry Finn because it does not affect racism. Mark twain once described the difference between the almost right word and the right word. He could have used other derogatory words of the period such as “darky,” but chose not to. The book does not stress the “N” word in a racist way, the word is in there for a reason, because of the impact it had in that time period. Randall Kennedy, a Harvard law School professor and author of a book in the history of the racial epithet in question, says that the…
May 27 2013
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as his pen name (Encyclopedia of World Biography 363), Mark Twain, was an American author, journalist, lecturer and humorist who wrote many books that are well-known today, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (www.biography.com). Many critics refer to him as the “father of American literature”, and in his day, was the most literary icon in…
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…