Mark Twain's Life

Emma Dickinson period 3


Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1838.

In Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth child of seven. Three of his siblings did not survive birth. His parents were John and Jane Clemens.

Early Childhood

Mark Twain had very poor health in the first 10 years of his life. John Clemens, his

father, was a very serious man. He only developed humor from his mother. Mark

Twain was also very mischievous as a child. He had 4 brothers and 2 sisters.


Mark Twain often played hooky. His mother sent him to work for his older brother

in a printing shop. He became an apprentice for a river boat captain. The captain's

name was Horace Bixby. Mark Twain had to pay a $500 apprentice fee.


Mark Twain's first attempt at a novel was The Gilded Age. He worked with Charles

Dudley Warner on it. Soon Mark Twain was known world wide. Huckleberry Finn

was supposed to be published in 1876 but instead it was published in 1885.

Mark Twain felt humiliated because of that.


Mark Twain had 3 daughters and 1 son. He married Olivia Clemens in 1870.

He was very very fond of his children. His kids names were, Jean, Susy, Clara, and



Mark Twain died on April 21 1910.

Mark Twain is just Twain's pen name. His real name is

Samuel Clemens. Tom Sawyer was published in 1876. The Prince and the Pauper

was published in 1881.