Abstract Of Mark Twain

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The author of this short biography tells accurate facts about Samuel Clemens, whom is best known as Mark Twain, his pen name, which is a river leadsman's cry (two fathoms of water). He is a classic American writer, a compelling literary personality, great humorist, and effective satirist. He was born in Missouri in 1835, and brought up in the town of Hannibal. His father died when he was 11 years old. His first job was working in a printing shop. He had his first piece published at the age of 16 in a Boston magazine. He had many jobs throughout his adult life, one of which was his dream and perhaps his favorite, a riverboat pilot. He moved around frequently and worked shortly as a reporter in Virginia City at the "Territorial Enterprise". That is where he began writing under his pen name. In 1870 he married Olivia Langdon. He was attracted to African American culture, folk believes, and music. This can be recognized in some of his writings. The author also tells of his travels over seas and talks of the many books he wrote. The most famous or popular book he wrote was Huckleberry Finn. Twain continued writing up until his death in 1910.