Mark Twain Essay

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An adventurer and wily intellectual, Mark Twain wrote the classic American novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry and Finn. Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. Samuel was born on November 30,1835 in Florida, Missouri. He was six of the seven children. When Mark reached age four his family moved to Hannibal Mississippi, shortly after his father died in 1847. Mark got a job to hep his family with the finances. when he was eighteen he switched jobs and became a printer in New York City. In his works he was influenced by his upbringing and the times in which he lived . The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , is a very good example of his works which included the majority of his writing style. It was his trip to New Orleans in 1857, that sparked his interest in boats and rivers. This developed a huge attachment that influenced and became a huge part of his writing. In 1869 he traveled to Europe and the Middle East and wrote a collection of travel letters. Many elements have influenced he writings of Twain . Although as a child Mark Twain received no real schooling, he was a quick learner. He widened his circle of knowledge by finding information in public libraries. This help with his writing and expressing himself as an author. Which in fact later help developed the admiralty that people have for him today. In 1888 Twain was awarded the Master of Art degree at Yale University. In 1901 Yale University also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his literary efforts and he received the same award at Oxford University in 1907. He was also awarded with fastest typesetter in Missouri but that date is unknown. Mark Twain as a person and writer accomplished a lot in his lifetime which is why he is in some people’s opinion one of the greatest writers in American literature. Over one hundred years after Mark

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