Mark Twain

By- Samip Koirala

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Who is Mark Twain?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens also known as Mark Twain is a famous realist writer during the 1800s. He was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. At age four he moved to a place near Hannibal, a town situated on the Mississippi River.( When he was young he had always dreamt of wealth but sadly he could never achieve it. Sometimes he had very time feeding his family. Since his father died when he was young, he kept up his schooling until he was 12 years old and since then he had to work for several hours.

As a young man Twain worked as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. He also worked as newspaper printer. When he started his writing career, Samuel Clemens adopted the name “Mark Twain,” which meant two fathom (a unit of length equal to six feet), a safe depth for a riverboat. (Frequently Asked Questions)

Mark Twain's connection to the Literature

After being riverboat pilot, he turned to gold mining. When he failed at gold mining he turned to journalism. He was a realist writer and most of his stories came from his own life experience. One of his greatest accomplishments was the development of a writing style that was distinctly American, rather than an imitation of the style of English writers. The loose rhythms of the language in his books give the impression of real speech. Twain's realistic prose style has influenced numerous American writers. In 1888, Mark Twain was awarded the Master of Art degree from Yale University. (Mark Twain Biography)

Some quotes by Mark Twain

1) "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure." (Mark Twain)

2) "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain)

3) "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't." (Mark Twain)

Work cited page

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