Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Samuel Clemens was an American writer and humorist who's best work is shown

by broad social satire, realism of place and language, and memorable characters.

Clemens was born November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. His family moved

to Hannibal, Mississippi when he was four. There he received a public school

education. Samuel Clemens was a difficult child, given to mischief and mis

adventure. He barely escaped drowning on nine separate occasions. His fathers

death was a calamity in which Samuel was not prepared for. Albert Bigelow Paine,

Clemens official biographer, offers the following glimpse of the young Clemens

"The boy Sam was fairly broken down. Remorse, which always

dealt with him unsparingly, laid a heavy hand on him now. Wildness,

disobedience, indifference to his fathers wishes, all were remembered; a

hundred things, in themselves trifling, became ghastly and heart-wringing

in the knowledge that could never be undone. Seeing his grief, his mother

took him by the hand and led him into where his father lay."

"It's all right, Sammy," she said. "What's done is done, and it

does not matter to him anymore; but here by the side of him now I want

you to promise to me-"

He turned, his eyes streaming with tears, and flung himself into

her arms.

"I will promise anything ," he sobbed, "if you won't make me go

to school! Anything!

His mother held him for a moment, thinking, then she said:

"No, Sammy; you need not go to school anymore. Only...

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A. Family Life


B. Money Problems

1. Bankruptcy

2. Move to Europe

C. His comeback

D. His death

V. Effects of Twain's stories

A. How he affected his era

B. How the era affected his writings

VI. Conclusion

A. My feelings

B. End notes

C. Bibliography

Work Cited:

Twain, Mark.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 3rd ed. Ed. Thomas Cooley. New York: Norton, 1999.

Works Consulted:

Kaplan, Justin. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, a Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1966.

Ward, Geoffrey C., et. al. Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography. New York: Knopf, 2001
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