Twain, Mark, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), American writer and humorist, whose best work is characterized by broad, often irreverent humor or biting social satire. Twain's writing is also known for realism of place and language, memorable characters, and hatred of hypocrisy and oppression.
Mark Twain, one of the most famous and influential American writers, was born in Hannibal, Missouri on November 30, 1835 and died April 21, 1910. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, he eventually adopted his famous pseudonym in 1863. Shortly after his father's death in 1847, when Clemens was twelve, his father passed away. After his father death, he applied for an apprenticeship at the local-printing shop. While working in the printing shop, Twain learned the skills required to be a printer and developed an aptitude for witty short essays and responses. Mark Twain was enthralled by his opportunity to develop his skills as a printer, and later he realized that he had a unique talent for writing. By working as an apprentice printer, he
After his father passed ¨the Clemens family 'now became almost destitute' wrote biographer Everett Emerson, and was forced into years of economic struggle—a fact that would shape the career of Mark Twain,¨ (Biography). When his father passed, it caused Twain to keep up with his schooling until the age of 12. This is due to ¨his [fatherś death] and the family needing a source of income—he found employment as an apprentice printer at the Hannibal Courier, which paid him with a meager ration of food. In 1851, at 15, he got a job as a printer and occasional writer and editor at the Hannibal Western Union, a little newspaper owned by his brother, Orion¨(Biography). Because of all that had happened in Twain's life he was able to find his way into becoming an author. When Twain was younger he witnessed the actions toward slaves often in Missouri. He once saw there ¨was a dozen men and woman chained together waiting to be shipped down river to the slave market¨(Aftunion). Many of these memories became ¨some of his most lasting childhood memories,¨ and then later put into his
"Much of Twain's best work was written in the 1870s and 1880s in Hartford or during the summers at Quarry Farm, near Elmira, New York. ''Roughing It'' (1872) which recounts his early adventures as a miner and journalist was first. 4" In a story called "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" he was stated that Quarry Farm was Twain's favorite place he ever resided. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876) which celebrates boyhood in a town on the Mississippi River was his second novel. "A Tramp Abroad" (1880) which describes a walking trip through the Black Forest of Germany and the Swiss Alps was an account of his travels abroad. "The Prince and the
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. He is better known by his pen name “Mark Twain”, which is a nautical term which means two fathoms deep. As a child he learned to smoke and led a gang, leaving school at age 12 to become an apprentice at a printing shop. He became a free lance journalist and traveled around country until age 24, when he became a river boat pilot on the Mississippi, his childhood dream. During the Civil War, Twain joined the Confederate Army, but left and went west in search of gold. When that failed him, he became a reporter and comedian. His book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is narrated from Huck’s perspective,
Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, the sixth of seven children. At the age of four, Sam and his family moved to the small frontier town of Hannibal, Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River. Missouri, at the time, was a fairly new state (it had gained statehood in 1820) and comprised part of the country's western border. It was also a slave state. Sam's father owned one slave and his uncle owned several. In fact, it was on his uncle's farm that Sam spent many boyhood summers playing in the slave quarters, listening to tall tales and the slave spirituals that he would enjoy throughout his life.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is perhaps the most distinguished author of American Literature. Next to William Shakespeare, Clemens is arguably the most prominent writer the world has ever seen. In 1818, Jane Lampton found interest in a serious young lawyer named John Clemens. With the Lampton family in heavy debt and Jane only 15 years of age, she soon arried John. The family moved to Gainesboro, Tennessee where Jane gave birth to Orion Clemens. In the summer of 1827 the Clemenses relocated to Virginia where John
Mark Twain was born on the Missouri frontier and spent his childhood there. His real name is actually Samuel Langhorne Clemens. At the age of 12 he quit school in order to earn his living. At the age of 15 he already wrote his first article and by the time he was 16 he had his first short novel published. In 1857 he was an apprentice steamboat pilot on a boat that left Mississippi and was leading towards New Orleans. His characters were created because of the people and the situations he encountered on this trip.
Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn reflects the author’s ideas relating to southern society during the 19th century. Satire is used as Twain’s tactic of ridiculing the United States’ way of life, as well as values before the Civil War. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn highlights religious dogma, sentimentality and gullibility, a code of honor, romantic literature and its plots, and the average man.
Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was one of the best literary authors in history. Some even said he was the "inventor of the American narrative" (Williams 57), and William Faulkner dubbed him "the father of American literature". He won an honorary degree from the prestigious Oxford University in 1907 for his writings (Lutz 5). Many would agree that he was one of the greatest humorists of all time. In order to fully extrapolate the type of author that Mark Twain was, one must look into his youthful life, his writing style, and the humor in his writing.
Mark Twain or Samuel langhorne Clemens grew up Florida, Missouri. As a young child Twain had suffered from an illness and was bedridden for a majority of his childhood. Around the age of nine he had seemed to recover. At the age of thirteen he had dropped out of school to become a printer's apprentice. Not long after he went to help his brother Orion with his newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. Through this Twain had found a passion for writing.
Samuel Clemens, more popularly known as Mark Twain, was an American author active from the time he published his first book in 1869 until his death in 1910. The author was born on November 30th, 1835 to Jane Moffit Clemens and John Marshall Clemens. Twain's father is the longest serving chief justice in the history of the Supreme Court, appointed by president John Adams, Marshall served 34 years. After losing his father at the age of twelve, Twain left school and worked several odd jobs around his town until he got a job as a printer’s apprentice making fifty cents a week.
Have you ever heard of the Great American Novel, or its author Mark Twain? Well, I guess that 's not his real name, but that is his best known pen name. His real name, Samuel Clemens, was given to him in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835, which funnily enough, is the day the earth had a visit from a magic shooting star, called Halley 's Comet. 4 boring years later, the Mr. Twain and his family moved to the town of Hannibal, Missouri, which is inspiration for my own town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Hannibal was a wondrous place, with riverboats coming and going three times a day, circuses paid many visits, and craftsmen show off their trade. Unfortunately - well not for Mr. Twain for it inspired parts of many of his stories - the town was a very violent and dangerous place. At the age of 12, is about the time that Mr. Twain became a printer’s apprentice. This is where Mr. Twain, started his literary career. Mr. Twain 's live was roughly split into three sections; My own story, Tom Sawyer, My bud Huck Finn 's story, as well as Mr. Twain’s later years.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (published in 1885), considered a classic of American-literature, and to some the zenith of American realism in literature and the apex of satirical writing in history, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has proven itself as a milestone in the history of literature and a turning point in American literature. The garnering of such acclaim, and accolades were due to The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn possibly being the most poignant and successful critique on society every put into writing. Twain does not waste any time with sophomoric cant in his meditation, but instead critiques the inherent cant present in society and the people entertaining this cant throughout that time; showing