MARK TWAIN. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910 ), is perhaps better known by his pen name, MARK TWAIN. Twain grew up in Hannibal MO, along the banks of the Mississippi River.
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), is perhaps better known by his pen name,
Twain grew up in Hannibal MO, along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Clemens' pseudonym, Mark Twain, comes from his days as a river pilot. It is a river term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being sounded.
Because the river trade was brought to a stand still by the Civil War in 1861, Clemens began working as a newspaper reporter for several newspapers all over the United States, eventually joining his brother’s newspaper out West.
(known as the “Great
Twain was an adamant supporter of abolition and emancipation, even going so far to say “Lincoln's Proclamation ... not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also.”
Interestingly, Adventures of Huckleberry Finnhas been repeatedly restricted in American high schools, not least for its frequent use of the word "nigger", which was in common usage in the pre-Civil War period in which the novel was set.
Mark Twain passed away on April 21, 1910, but has a following still today.
His childhood home is open to the public as a museum in Hannibal, and Calavaras County in California holds the Calavaras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee every third weekend in May.
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known as the greatest
American humorist of
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Faulkner called him
“The father of American
In literature, the usually realistic depiction in stories, plays, etc. of a particular region of a country, especially a rural region, and of the influence of its history, customs, etc. on the lives of the characters.
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