Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?

Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?

April Jones Prince

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0448433192

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain also had a serious streak and decried racism and injustice. His fascinating life is captured candidly in this enjoyable biography.

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were published in the Journal. To liven up the paper, he sometimes signed his pieces W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, or he caught readers’ attention with headlines like: TERRIBLE ACCIDENT! 500 MEN KILLED AND MISSING! We had set the above head up expecting (of course) to use it, but as the accident hasn’t happened yet, we’ll say (To be Continued,) Sam’s lively reporting sold more copies of the Journal, but Orion didn’t appreciate his brother stretching, twisting, and even inventing news.

were published in the Journal. To liven up the paper, he sometimes signed his pieces W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, or he caught readers’ attention with headlines like: TERRIBLE ACCIDENT! 500 MEN KILLED AND MISSING! We had set the above head up expecting (of course) to use it, but as the accident hasn’t happened yet, we’ll say (To be Continued,) Sam’s lively reporting sold more copies of the Journal, but Orion didn’t appreciate his brother stretching, twisting, and even inventing news.

Mark thought people shouldn’t accept others’ opinions too easily. In his candid and funny letters, he judged for himself whether Europe’s artists, palaces, and cities were worthy of their great reputations. Here is what Mark Twain said about some famous tourist spots: Mark’s letters were so popular in the United States that he returned home a star. A publisher in Hartford, Connecticut, asked him to expand the letters into a book, and he did. The Innocents Abroad, published in 1869, was an

early. He was so small and frail that she feared he wouldn’t live. In those days, many children—including three of Sam’s six brothers and sisters—did not live past childhood. But Sam Clemens survived, and he gave his mother a good deal of trouble in the process. In 1839, Sam’s family moved to the larger town of Hannibal, Missouri. Sam’s father, John Clemens, was a lawyer and shopkeeper. John hoped to leave hard times behind. While John struggled to support the family in Hannibal, Sam struggled

hearts would break. Mark had never felt so alone. “She was all our riches, and she is gone,” Mark wrote. “She was our breath, she was our life, and now we are nothing.” Clara had a nervous breakdown and spent months in the hospital. Jean, who had developed epilepsy, began having terrible seizures and would have to be hospitalized as well. Mark saw his once-happy family torn to pieces. After Livy’s funeral, Mark gradually returned to writing short essays. It took him away from his grief. Little

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