Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and he was one of the greatest American authors and humorists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The details of his childhood and life show a character with many accomplishments. His father was John Marshall Clemens, who worked as a Tennessee country merchant.
His parents met when his father moved to Missouriand they were married in Orion —Henry —and Pamela — His sister Margaret — died when Twain was three, and his brother Benjamin — died three years later. His brother Pleasant Hannibal died at three weeks of age.
His father was an attorney and judge, who died of pneumonia inwhen Twain was Louisand Cincinnatijoining the newly formed International Typographical Unionthe printers trade union. He educated himself in public libraries in the evenings, finding wider information than at a conventional school.
Pilot was the grandest position of all. The pilot, even in those days of trivial wages, had a princely salary — from a hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty dollars a month, and no board to pay. The pilot had to: Bixby took Twain on as a cub pilot to teach him the river between New Orleans and St.
Twain studied the Mississippi, learning its landmarks, how to navigate its currents effectively, and how to read the river and its constantly shifting channels, reefs, submerged snags, and rocks that would "tear the life out of the strongest vessel that ever floated".
Henry was killed on June 21,when their steamboat Pennsylvania exploded.
Twain claimed to have foreseen this death in a dream a month earlier, : He continued to work on the river and was a river pilot until the Civil War broke out inwhen traffic was curtailed along the Mississippi River. At the start of hostilities, he enlisted briefly in a local Confederate unit.
He later wrote the sketch " The Private History of a Campaign That Failed ", describing how he and his friends had been Confederate volunteers for two weeks before disbanding. Twain describes the episode in his book Roughing It.
Nye inand Twain joined him when he moved west.
The brothers traveled more than two weeks on a stagecoach across the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountainsvisiting the Mormon community in Salt Lake City. Joe Goodman; party at Gov. He may have been romantically involved with the poet Ina Coolbrith. A year later, he traveled to the Sandwich Islands present-day Hawaii as a reporter for the Sacramento Union.
His letters to the Union were popular and became the basis for his first lectures. He wrote a collection of travel letters which were later compiled as The Innocents Abroad It was on this trip that he met fellow passenger Charles Langdon, who showed him a picture of his sister Olivia.
Twain later claimed to have fallen in love at first sight.A Short Biography of Mark Twain. Mark Twain was born Samuel Clemens in in Florida, Missouri, USA. He was the sixth of seven children born to John Clemens, a lawyer, and his wife Jane, although three of Samuel’s siblings died in childhood.
Following the birth of their first child, Langdon Clemens in , Twain set out to write. Roughing It, a story recounting his early adventures as a miner and journalist; and The.
Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was an immediate hit with the public and sold out three Justin. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography.
New York: Simon and Schuster. Finally, you will have them write their own biography of Mark Twain and submit their biographies for grading.
Worksheet - Questions for Biography of Mark Twain Directions - Answer the following questions in your biography. Mark Twain had an interesting and diverse literary career. He wrote a total of 28 books along with essays, articles, and short stories.
Four of his books were published after his death: Mark Twain's Autobiography; Mark Twain's Notebook; Letters from the Earth; Queen Victoria's Jubilee; Mark Twain was thought of .
Read the following excerpt from a biography on Mark Twain and answer the question. Samuel Langhorn Clemens, Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, The experience of his life prepared him as a writer, an American writer.4/4(1). Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of Mark Twain's writing Additional Learning To learn more about this author, review the accompanying lesson called Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer.