Mark Twain, 1890.
|Born||Samuel Langhorne Clemens
November 30, 1835
Florida, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
|Pen name||Mark Twain|
|Notable work(s)||Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer|
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), more widely known as Mark Twain, was a well known American writer born in Florida, Missouri. He worked mainly for newspapers and as a riverboat pilot before he became a writer.
Clemens was best known for his works in fiction, and especially for his use of humour. His first published story, in 1865, was The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.
Huckleberry Finn has become very respected, considered by many to be Clemens' best work. This story of a white boy who helps a black man escape slavery in the southern United States is known for its humanity.
Clemens's style was usually informal and humorous. This made him different from many important 19th century writers whose books he disliked. For example, he greatly disliked Jane Austen's works, such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and famously remarked, "She makes me detest (hate) all her people, without reserve."
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
- The Prince and the Pauper (1882)
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889)
- "Online NewsHour Special Report -- Mark Twain". pbs.org. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/media/twain/timeline3.html. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- "Mark Twain quotations - Jane Austen". twainquotes.com. http://www.twainquotes.com/Austen_Jane.html. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- Twain, Mark (April 21, 2009) (in English). Who is Mark Twain?. Harper. ISBN 978-0061735004.
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