Twain’s experiences greatly affected his writing. One of the most pivotal events in Twain’s life was the Civil War. The Civil War proved critical in his life because it drew a fine line between Twain’s childhood and adulthood, even though his volunteer troop never went into battle and disbanded after two weeks (Ramussen). After the Civil War, he traveled west and dwelt in areas around Nevada and California. Specifically, he spent a few months in the mining district of Calaveras County before settling in San Francisco (Mark Twain: Chronology). This period in his life was imperative as Twain used his experiences traveling in writing his first successful short story, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of ...
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