Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 in a small town called Florida, Missouri. Clemens, however, is better known by his pen name – Mark Twain. When Clemens was four years old, his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, which was on the Mississippi River, and served as a basis for some of his later literary works.
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Clemens early years were filled with reading at the library, to take the place of formal schooling, and he eventually began training as a steamboat pilot, where generally the steamboat companies did not conduct any background checks on job applicants. As a steamboat pilot, Clemens spent many days traveling up and down the Mississippi River, which ran from the pro-slavery south to the free north. His journeys left a lasting impression, and were also used as a basis for future works. His work as a steamboat pilot lasted until the Civil War began, and river travel stopped. It was at that time, that Clemens began to write, and after several different pen names, decided on the name Mark Twain.
· Early Career: Samuel Clemens early career
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Beginning in 1867, Twain began a prolific writing career that lasted over 40 years. During that time period he wrote fiction, non-fiction, essays and satires. Starting with “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", Twain wrote a number of literary works, many of which are among the best known in history. They include masterpieces such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “The Prince and the Pauper”, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Many of Twain’s works are as popular today as they were more than one hundred years ago.
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· Tom Sawyer: information on Mark Twain’s masterpiece “Tom Sawyer”
· Huck Finn: text, information and reviews of Huckleberry Finn
· Twain Essays: resource of essays by Mark Twain
· Twain Quotes: a collection of famous quotes of Mark Twain
Many of the literary works by Twain were taken from experiences in his own life. Life on the Mississippi River, slavery and other interests of Twain were often used in his works. In addition, Twain often wrote, both in fiction and non-fiction about politics, including his growing dissatisfaction with the way the United States was run.
Twain continued to write up to the time of his death, and in his work predicted his death, saying that he was born when Hailey’s Comet arrived, and said he would die when Hailey's Comet arrived. Twain died on April 21, 1910 of a heart attack, one day after Hailey’s Comet neared Earth.
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Mark Twain leaves a legacy of outstanding literature for future generations, and will be considered one of the greatest American authors of all time.