Mark Twain was a pilot, a comic lecturer, a humorist, a
short story writer, and a novelist, to name a few of his
many accomplishments. On November 30, 1835, Samuel
Langhorne Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain,
became the first man of any importance ever to be born
west of the Mississippi River. He has become an icon as
the American writer. This is because his way of writing
cannot be simulated by Europeans or anyone else, due to
the fact that the western setting of America creates a whole
new atmosphere and style of writing. Mark Twain is a
classic American writer that acquired fame by using satire,
writing with single-minded use of words, and by writing the
way that most people think and speak. Twain writes with
single-minded use of words, which is understood to be
plain and simple, yet still intelligent, which enhances
American literature. He writes what comes into his mind
without fear. This is an example from Huckleberry Finn: .
"then comes a h-wack! bum! bum!
bumble-umble-um-bum-bum-bum-bum - and the thunder
would go rumbling and grumbling away" .
.. (Twain 45).
This enriches American literature, because it is a clever
way, and the only way to make the reader actually seem to
hear and feel the sounds the writer is trying to convey. This
is an example from Tom Sawyer : "Set her back on the
stabboard! Ting-a-ling-ling! chow! ch-chow-wow! chow!".
(Twain 15). This dialect can be explained as a familiar
speech spoken around us all the time. It is the speech of the
illiterate, the preliterate, the children, and the poor people
(Bloom 46). This is actually a very intelligent style of
writing, for it is difficult for an author to write in a
level of dialect than they actually speak. The reader can tell
that this dialect isn’t Twain’s own, since he doesn’t write
with it in every part of the book. Huckleberry Finn is
supposed to be written from Huck’s point of view. The
story is written as he would speak it, so mistakes inevitably
appear. However, this single- minded dialect was worked,
composed, and written by Twain. It was not done
haphazardly (Bloom 46). American literature would not be
the same if not for Twain’s ideas for ways of writing in a