Mark Twain

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, was a world famous novelist whose works are still read and praised. Twain was a renowned American writer who wrote about his personal experience of the world and surroundings. In Twain’s memorable life he was a confederate soldier, a printer, a gold digger, business man, a riverboat pilot and above all he was a natural writer, who self-taught and entertained. His literary works are famous for their lifelike details, humor, and characters. Mark Twain is not just famous for his writings, but his achievements, home life, and greatest accomplishments are what has made him the famous writer known today. Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in a small town called Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth of seven children of his father, John Marshall and mother Jane Lampton Clemens and only three of his siblings would survive to adulthood. At the age of four, Mark moved to Hannibal, Missouri a port town next to the Mississippi river in hopes to a better and improved living condition. Hannibal consisted of slaveholding families that provided a mix of southern tradition and frontier life, a lifestyle that would later influence Twain’s writings, including the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In his youth, Mark was very mischievous, just like his character Tom Sawyer, Mark spent his childhood with a gang of boys, that would participate in mischief. Mark, being accustomed to life on a river became interested in becoming a steamboat pilot. Mark’s schooling ended at the young age of twelve because his father passed away. After Mark’s father John died in 1847 the family greatly struggled financially. To help aid his family in this economic upheaval he became an apprentice of a printer’s shop and wor... ... middle of paper ... ...ion of over thirty, books, stories, and essays. Mark Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910 and remains one of and if not the most influential and greatest American author of all time. The writings of Mark Twain remain in libraries, on bookshelves, and in the minds of people everywhere. Mark captured the American spirit with humor, through personal experience, and wrote about topics that the average person could relate to. During the long life of this incredible author, he experienced many things and worked as many different professions. Mark Twain worked as a printer's apprentice, a gold miner, a confederate soldier, a riverboat pilot, a speaker, a businessman, and of course, arguably the greatest American writer of all time. Mark Twain also left an everlasting influence on the hundreds of thousands of people all over the world that have read his works.

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