Mark Twain

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Gonzalez “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.” Mark Twain, a 19 th Century writer, is credited with being the father of American literature, writing masterpieces relating to the American culture as perceived through his eyes. Defined by many different occurrences in his life, Twain managed to write numerous influential pieces that are still being used today. Two pieces that broaden the view into Twain’s personal life are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ; based on his childhood friend Tom Blankenship, and “A Fable”: a short story about imagination and perceptions of art. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri after tragedy struck in the form of death. Many of Twain’s influences include a trip to Europe as seen in his personal account, The Innocents Abroad , and moving to New York with his wife where he worked as a editor and writer for the Buffalo Express. From being influenced to influencing is a very powerful step in one’s life. His famous writings, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, have been adapted many times into movies. The masterful painter of words is renowned for being extremely controversial and his piece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless piece that is a keystone piece in American literature and is a required read in almost 70% of public schools across America. When asked to describe Mark Twain, many people always mention the white hair, the white suit, and the cigar, but, who is he? Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, in the small town of Florida, Missouri, Mark Twain was the sixth of seven children. In 1839, 1
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Gonzalez Twain and his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a small town on the Mississippi River. (The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) A slave state, Missouri life was the prime influence and served as the perfect model for his greatest works. Due to medical complications during his birth as well as after, his mother was overprotective of him. After his father’s death, accumulated debt forced Twain to leave school and become a printer’s apprentice at the Missouri Courier . (The Mark Twain House and Museum) “It put our energies to sleep and made visionaries of us—dreamers and indolent.… It is good to begin life poor; it is good to begin life rich—these are wholesome; but to begin it prospectively rich! The man who has not experienced it cannot imagine the curse of it,” recalls Twain. After being an apprentice, he worked with his brother Orion at the Hannibal Journal (Albert Bigelow Paine). At the age of 18, he moved to New York City where he worked for newspapers writing some successful articles (The Mark Twain House and Museum). After seeing a picture of Charles Langdon’s sister, Olivia, Twain began to court her. Courtship led to marriage. After marrying Olivia Langdon, the couple
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2010 for the course ENC 1102 taught by Professor Barlow during the Spring '07 term at Valencia.

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