Mark Twain 's Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
Introduction
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835- April 21, 1910), commonly known as Mark Twain was an American writer whose works act as social commentary on issues including racism, poverty and class distinctions. His most distinguished novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) convey the vanquished way of life in the pre-Civil War Mississippi Valley and life on the river. His unpretentious, colloquial, yet poetic style and wide-ranging humor embodies the development of ideologies based upon the American Dream. Twains’ life and the literature he contributed shed light to the societal issues and culture inherent within America during the 19th and 20th centuries influencing and spreading awareness amongst readers.
Early Life
Twain was born in Hannibal, Missouri, a town which inspired many of the locations and imagery found within his stories. Twain was the sixth of seven children, but only three of his siblings survived childhood. At the age of twelve, he left school to become a printer’s apprentice. When he was eighteen, he left Hannibal and worked as a printer in New York City. Twain continued to work on the river and was a river pilot until the American Civil War broke out in 1861 when traffic along the Mississippi was diminished. Twain became a miner on the Comstock Lode where he failed as a miner and turned to working at a Virginia City newspaper, the Territorial…
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