Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorn Clemens in 1835. He got the inspiration for his pen name while working on river boats as a young man. The cry "Mark Twain" meant that the river's depth was two fathoms.Twain was also renowned for being a world traveler. He visited much of the United States and made numerous trips to Europe. These travels would serve as the basis for much of his writing.

Mark Twain

"The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it."

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Twain was known for being very progressive for his time. He was a strong supporter of the women's rights, labor, and abolitionist movements. He even owned a home next door to Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.Though he was progressive in many ways, in his younger years he supported many imperialist causes, and wrote critically of Native Americans. In his later years, however, Twain reformed his thoughts in both of these areas.

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These are some of Mark Twain's most famous literary works


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