Mark Twain: The Story Behind The Writer

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Mark Twain: The Story Behind The Writer Today I will be talking to you about Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). I will give you information on his first book, his most famous book, where he got the name Mark Twain and other interesting happening. Also, a brief glimpse through time of Twain's boyhood and family life.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835. He was the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. His brothers and sisters were Orion, Pleasant, Margaret, Benjamin, and Henry. Several years later, in 1939, the family moved to nearby Hannibal, where Clemens spent his boyhood years. Clemens' boyhood dream was to become a steam boatman on the river. His newspaper career began while still a boy in Hannibal. At age of twenty-one, Clemens apprenticed as a cub pilot for two years on the Mississippi River. He received his pilot's license at the age of twenty-three.

He also became Lieutenant Secretary and Governor worker in the state of Nevada. He was in military service and the Confederate Army during Civil War times. Clemens tried mining and prospecting, but without success.

Clemens first book "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches" made him known in the east. This book was a collection of published stories from his Western days. He mainly wrote his novels of adventure. Many critics believed that "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is the greatest American novel. It is outstanding for the realism and depth of its characterizations, and its authentic re-creation of a particular time and place. "Huckleberry Finn" is based on the author's boyhood experiences in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River. However, it also reflects Clemens later experiences and his attitudes toward slavery and other aspects of the Southern...

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