Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the "greatest humorist this country has produced", and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". His novels include ''The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'' (1876) and its sequel, the ''Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' (1884), the latter often called "The Great American Novel".

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for ''Tom Sawyer'' and ''Huckleberry Finn''. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City ''Territorial Enterprise''. His humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published in 1865, based on a story that he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention and was even translated into French. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, but he invested in ventures that lost most of it—such as the Paige Compositor, a mechanical typesetter that failed because of its complexity and imprecision. He filed for bankruptcy in the wake of these financial setbacks, but he eventually overcame his financial troubles with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers. He eventually paid all his creditors in full, even though his bankruptcy relieved him of having to do so.

Twain was born shortly after an appearance of Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well; he died the day after the comet returned. Provided by Wikipedia
1
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1953
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (CSUdb)157448)
Book
2
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1948
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (CSUdb)157832)
Book
3
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1931
Book
4
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1946
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (CSUdb)169290)
Book
5
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1995
Subjects: '; ...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn....
Book
6
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1899
Book
7
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1978
...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Complete adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry...
Book
8
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1985
Book
9
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 2010
Book
10
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 2007
Subjects: '; ...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Adaptations....
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (COLdb)358798)
Book
11
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 2007
Subjects: '; ...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Homes and haunts Mississippi River Valley....
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (COLdb)324245)
Book
12
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 2007
...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Selections. 2007. Mark Twain's Civil War....
Book
13
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1915
Book
14
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1936
Book
15
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1962
Book
16
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1960
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (CONdb)67477)
Book
17
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1962
Subjects: '; ...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn....
Book
18
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1966
Book
19
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1935
Subjects: '; ...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc....
Book
20
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Published 1990
Subjects: '; ...Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Homes and haunts Mississippi River Valley....
(CARLI) (Other Sources: (COLdb)106402, (MMCdb)12789)
Book
Search Tools: Get RSS Feed Email this Search