I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle, and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German. I spoke entirely in that language. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked a while he said my German was very rare, possibly a "unique"; and wanted to add it to his museum.
Print article Send us feedback Twain, Mark, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne ClemensAmerican writer and humorist, whose best work is characterized by broad, often irreverent humor or biting social satire.
Twain's writing is also known for realism of place and language, memorable characters, and hatred of hypocrisy and oppression. Born in Florida, Missouri, Clemens moved with his family to Hannibal, Missouri, a port on the Mississippi River, when he was four years old. Advertisement There he received a public school education.
After the death of his father inClemens was apprenticed to two Hannibal printers, and in he began setting type for and contributing sketches to his brother Orion's Hannibal Journal.
Later Clemens was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River until the American Civil War brought an end to travel on the river. In Clemens served briefly as a volunteer soldier in the Confederate cavalry.
Later that year he accompanied his brother to the newly created Nevada Territory, where he tried his hand at silver mining. In he became a reporter on the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada, and in he began signing his articles with the pseudonym Mark Twain, a Mississippi River phrase meaning "two fathoms deep.
In Twain reworked a tale he had heard in the California gold fields, and within months the author and the story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," had become national sensations. He wrote of these travels in The Innocents Abroada book exaggerating those aspects of European culture that impress American tourists.
In he married Olivia Langdon. Roughing It recounts his early adventures as a miner and journalist; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer celebrates boyhood in a town on the Mississippi River; A Tramp Abroad describes a walking trip through the Black Forest of Germany and the Swiss Alps; The Prince and the Paupera children's book, focuses on switched identities in Tudor England; Life on the Mississippi combines an autobiographical account of his experiences as a river pilot with a visit to the Mississippi nearly two decades after he left it; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court satirizes oppression in feudal England see Feudalism.
The book is the story of the title character, known as Huck, a boy who flees his father by rafting down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave, Jim.
The pair's adventures show Huck and the reader the cruelty of which men and women are capable.
Another theme of the novel is the conflict between Huck's feelings of friendship with Jim, who is one of the few people he can trust, and his knowledge that he is breaking the laws of the time by helping Jim escape.
Huckleberry Finn, which is almost entirely narrated from Huck's point of view, is noted for its authentic language and for its deep commitment to freedom.
Huck's adventures also provide the reader with a panorama of American life along the Mississippi before the Civil War. Twain's skill in capturing the rhythms of that life help make the book one of the masterpieces of American literature.Aug 22, · This essay, “The Critics Dream Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is published in honor of Dr.
Kiskis’s life and work, and for the part his work played in the genesis of the Humor in America blog. I am reposting it with the kind permission of Michael’s wife, Ann. Mark Twain Essay Words | 7 Pages. Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, one of the major authors of American fiction.
Twain is also considered the greatest humorist in American literature. The Charles L. Webster & Company’s Mark Twain’s Library of Humor also has a stamped facsimile of Clemens’s handwritten “Compiler’s Apology” that reads: “Those selections in this book which are from my own works were made by my two assistant compilers, not by me.
This is why there are not more. About Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays Vol. 1 (LOA #60) This Library of America book, with its companion volume, is the most comprehensive collection ever published of Mark Twain’s short writings — the incomparable stories, sketches, burlesques, hoaxes, tall tales, speeches, satires, and maxims of.
He bounced from one city to another, including a stay at Virginia City, Nevada and San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Twain wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog . The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn study guide contains a biography of Mark Twain, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a .