Mark Twain



Born: Nov 30,1835 in Florida,Mo

Died: April 21, 1910, Redding, CT

  • Real name Samuel Clemens
  • Raised in Hannibal Mississippi
  • Left school at age 15 to join Orion's newspaper to become a printer and editorial assistant.

Notable Works


  • Influenced by the Hannibal decade
  • The characters in his novels are inspired by his childhood friends and family.
  • His home Mississippi

Impact on Literary Community

  • Portrayal of Characters is more honest
  • More authors incorporate humor into their writings
  • Ernest Hemingway said

    “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

  • But he is not the only authors to think this.

Those Annual Bills

Mark twain is an author that is said to be part of the Realist movement.The realist movement is where writers wrote about what was real, the everyday person and events.From reading one of his poems I can see why this is true.In “Those Annual Bills” he writes about how its that time of year again where its time to pay bills, and how it can be irritating.The tone of this poem is annoyed and bothered something everybody feels toward bills.From this I can tell that he tries to write something everybody can relate to make them feel what he feels.He uses connotation such as “Those joyous beans are passed away;Those onions blithe, O where are they?” where he is saying that all that they work for disappears they are not able to see the fruit of their labor.I also noticed he tends to use humor often such as when he says “Shall damn and damn these annual bills!”

he wants people to enjoy his writing.Overall I think he is trying to say that we work so hard to earn what we deserve then we have to see it disappear.


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