Essay about Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain is believed to be the father of all American literature. Twain was known for writing about issues of his time such as slavery, due to his style of honesty and truth he was known as one of the very first modernist writers. Mark Twain had many inspirations that motivated him to write his novels. The inspirations varied from events that he witnessed and experienced, people he met in his lifetime, other stories he read or heard about, and his environment. The writer known as, Mark Twain, was actually born with the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, to John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens on November 30, 1835. While Samuel Clemens was very young the Clemens family moved to Hannibal,
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He deserted two weeks after enlisting.
Later that same year, Clemens headed West with his older brother, Orion, in search of great wealth, mining silver in the deserts of Nevada. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was a completely unsuccessful miner; however he still managed to make a living, largely due to his skills in journalism. He was employed by the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In the years that he was employed by the Territorial Enterprise, Clemens developed his abilities as a reporter and humorist. In 1863, while still employed by the Territorial Enterprise, Clemens adopted the pseudonym Mark Twain which is a riverboat term meant two fathoms deep. Clemens made a gradual change to using Mark Twain as his official pen name. The name Mark Twain gave Clemens the confidence and freedom to make his writing more humoristic. Due to his new confidence and humorist style Twain began a rivalry with another local journalist. The rivalry eventually caused Twain to flee Virginia City or lose his life in a pistol duel to the rival journalist. Twain relocated in San Francisco, where he continually attacked the metropolis' government, which caused him to flee to a nearby settlement from the city's police force. Twain heard some local folklore about a leaping frog which prompted him to write a humorous piece titled, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" which was circulated by the New York Saturday Press. The piece enabled Twain to gain the respect of

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