Mark Twain

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Background on Author

Twain was an American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist whom lived from November 30, 1835 through April 21, 1910. Not only was he was born two months prematurely but he, along with the rest of his family dealt with poor health throughout their lives.

Well-Regarded in the Literary World


  • Twain's work remains as templates for adult fiction.
  • He is deeply admired for the humor that he shared.

Excert of Twain

Twain acquired international fame for his adventure stories of boyhood: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876) and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1885).
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) - Original Movie Trailer
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Connections

  • Mark Twain is Samuel Langhorne Clemen's alter ego name. The name is a river man’s phrase for whether the water passage is safe or hazardous.
  • After the death of his father, Twain's boyhood had effectively come to an end (at age 13).
  • Twain was a fan of traveling. He visited, Nevada, California, and Mississippi.
  • The Nevada Territory was a rambunctious and violent place during the boom years of the Twain.
  • The author put on a front to make it seem that everything was settled.

Into The Wild

"There was some books... One was Pilgrim's Progress, about a man who left his family, it didn't say why. I read considerable in it now and then. The statements was interesting, but tough" (Twain 61).