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Mark Twain

By babel9 May 06, 2014 435 Words
It all began on November 30, 1835, in which one of the greatest American authors would be born; Samuel Longhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Writing over 12 novels and about 30 short stories Mark Twain is considered by many a strong figure and icon of American Literature; William Faulkner, another very good American Author titled Twain as “The father of American Literature” Twains writing career would begin in 1864, when he moved to San Francisco and began to write for various newspapers; during that time he made a short story called “Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog” which was very well received by the public, this short story eventually became his first great success as a writer, bringing him national attention, by 1865 Mark Twain became a national known humorist. By 1866 Twain decided to go on a type of work tour, in which he would give lectures on his writings and this way he would make money promoting all his very talented works; Twain had a very unique talent when it came to lecture his stories, this was one of his best talents which led him to be one of the best writers. Twain continued with a few more short stories such as “Autobiography and First Romance” and travel writings such as “The Innocent Abroad” until 1873 when his first novel was published. “The Gilded Age: A tale of today” would be the first of twelve Mark Twain novels to be published, this novel was co-written by Charles Dudley Warner. Three years later in 1876, one of Twains best and most famous novels would be published, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” which talks about the growing of an imaginative young boy named Tom Sawyer in the fictional town of St. Petersburg. Following Tom Sawyer, Twains next big novel would be “The Prince and the Pauper” published 1881, which talks about the classic confusion between look alike people, one being a refined and rich prince, and the other being a poor and simple pauper. Mark Twain´s most famous and most recognized work would be published in 1884 as “ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” which is a sort of sequel of “The adventures of Tom Sawyer” in which both the main characters are friends. Mark Twain continued to write novels, travel writings, essays and short stories until his death in 1910; his last attempted novel would be “The mysterious stranger” which unfortunately he was unable to finish. Mark Twain had a very unique style of writing, a type of satire which made him very famous, all his novels especially the adventures of both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are now American Literature classics and must reads.

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