The Pen Name Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

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Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, one of the most famous writers of American Literature. He was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny Midwestern village of Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. As a four year old, his family moved to Hannibal and he began to become exposed to the social and financial problems of his era when. Hannibal was a small town near the Mississippi River where his father his uncle owned slaves. Twain created his own opinions about African-American culture while interacting with them himself. As a matter of fact, young Twain spent many summers on his uncle’s farm, listening to the tales and spirituals told and sung in the slave quarters, establishing his appreciation for African-American rights and culture. (Huso). John Clemens worked as anything he could to feed his family; however, the disillusion of never obtaining wealth he dreamed of, made him a bitter man. Based on a legend, young Twain never saw him smile. On the other hand, his mother was a fun-loving, tenderhearted homemaker who whiled away numerous winter 's nights for her family by telling stories. She became household’s head in 1847 when John passed away unexpectedly. (“About Mark Twain.").
After his father’s death, Twain’s life was never the same. He was only able to attend formal education until the fifth grade. Then Twain found a job as a printer’s apprentice, where he arranged type for his community’s newspaper stories. This…
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