Samuel Clemens AKA Mark Twain

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Growing up he’d always spend time with his uncle’s slaves. The slaves would always tell stories and Twain could not get enough of these tales. At the age of eleven, Twain got a job as a Printer’s Apprentice and got the opportunity to increase awareness of what was happening around the world. When he turned 18 he headed out east to work with several different newspapers. He got bored of this job quickly and after a few years he found himself working for a riverboat on the Mississippi river. Due to the Civil War this job was shut down. In search of a new job he volunteered to join a Confederate group called the Marion Rangers. He hated this so he quit two weeks later. Being jobless and desperate he traveled west to look for new work. After quite a few odd jobs and “get rich quick” schemes, including his failed try during the gold rush, Twain finally found gold of his own when his first short story “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” was published. This story was the perfect example of regionalism, much like all his work. When he used regionalism he made you feel as if you were in Missouri by the way he wrote it and the slang he used. This regionalist style of literature would show many authors in the 2nd part of the 19th century how to write in a regional style of literature. All Twain’s years of perfecting regionalism also gave him the ability to write in other forms of…
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