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Mark Twain Biography (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) : American Author
Famous for : His humorous and witty quotes and sayings. Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens and was the author of the classic American novel called "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
Twain details : Born - 30th of November, 1835 Florida, Missouri, USA / Died 21st of April, 1910 United States of America

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Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) authored both essays and novels throughout his life. His most famous works, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, are still considered classics and reflections of American history.

Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Although he was the sixth of seven children, he was only one of four to survive childhood. When Twain's father died in 1847, Twain went to work as a printer's apprentice and learned how to be a typesetter. Twain became further involved with the Hannibal Journal, a local paper, and began contributing both articles and sketches to the content. Having learned the printing trade, Twain decided to try his luck in larger cities and left Missouri for New York and Philadelphia.

Twain worked as a typesetter in a number of cities, all the while educating himself in local libraries to expand his knowledge. It wasn't until he returned to Missouri that Twain got his first taste of steamboats. While traveling down to New Orleans, Twain befriended the steamboat pilot who talked him into pursuing a career in piloting the boats.

It took Mark Twain two years to study the intricacies of the Mississippi River, a requirement for steamboat pilots at that time since night navigation was difficult. Twain worked as a successful steamboat pilot for two years before the American Civil War broke out in 1861 and all traffic between the Union and the Confederates ceased.

Twain temporarily joined a militia for two weeks before deciding to follow his older brother, Orion, out to the Nevada territories. It took them two weeks to reach Virginia City, Nevada, a journey Twain would later use as his inspiration for his novel Roughing It. After a short and unsuccessful try at mining, Twain started writing articles for the local paper. It was in one of these articles that he first signed his name as "Mark Twain".

After his work at the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Mark Twain traveled to San Francisco, California and continued working as a journalist. His writings and lectures took him to Hawaii, Europe, and the Middle East, trips and travels he eventually used for his book The Innocents Abroad in 1869 This was the same year he became engaged to his future wife, Olivia. They married in Elmira, New York in 1870.

Three years later, Twain and his wife moved to Hartford, Connecticut where Twain built his family a large house. Olivia eventually gave birth to three daughters while living at their home. It was in Hartford that Twain sat down and wrote his most famous works: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He also wrote The Prince and the Pauper during that same time, a classic story that has been retold thousands of time in literature and film.

Twain made historical contributions to the literary world by chronicling a specific culture and time in American history. His portrayal of boyish pride and slavery has been studied by scholars in both grade schools and Universities.

Mark Twain continued to write and travel throughout the remainder of his life. His wife, Olivia died in 1904 and Twain passed away from a heart attack on April 21, 1910. By the time of his death, Twain was already renowned as a great American author.

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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.
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Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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