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Mark Twain

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Audrey Moore

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Transcript of Mark Twain

For Writing Huck Fin
Writing Huck Finn was a very long process. He started to write the book in 1876 and the book was published in 1884
Wanted to write a sequel to his book Tom Sawyer.
Sam Clemens lived in Hannibal, which inspired "St. Petersburg"
Sam Clemens's life long dream was to bea steam boat captain, which he started learning to become when he was 21.
Even though the Emancipation Proclamation happened, he saw a lot of racism, so he wanted to focus a lot on slavery in the south in Huck Finn
The Early Life of Samuel Clemens
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2000 WGBH Educational Foundation
Mark Twain was Samuel's pen name.
Mark Twain got his pen name from when he wrote a humorous novel about traveling and decides to sign it "Mark Twain." The names comes from when the crewman shouted it. They shouted it to to test how deep the water was. "Twain" means "two" and a fathom of six feet in an old-fashioned way.
His Dad owned 30 slaves and Twain spent time with them all the time and learned their customs, and speech patterns
Twain enjoyed reading at a very young age
Mark Twain started to write and think about writing when he became a printer's apprentice at age 11
The Early Life of Samuel Clemens (cont.)
He started out traveling abroad as a lecturer. (his first minor reputation)
He was a strong critic in slavery
He didn't like organized religion though he wrote about it i his writing
He had much success in his life, but also much grief
He lost a big amount of money in a business proposition
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For Humor was an award based off of him
Little people know that Mark Twain not only wrote books, but was also a humorist
The first winner of this award was Richard Pryor, and African American man stand up comedian
This was sort of ironic considering Mark's use of the "N" word in his own book Huckleberry Finn
The award was always filmed on the Kennedy Center Hall in Washington D.C
This event was created by the John F. Kennedy Center For Performing Arts in 1998
Awards (cont.)
The award is given to people who really make an impact on the humor industry
The winners of this prize receive a bronze portrait of Mark Twain
Many very popular comedians now have won this award like Will Ferrell and Tina Fey
Mark has left a large impact on the literature world, and the humorist world
He was pretty much a fearless observer who shared what came to his mind
Clemens' in his lifetime published over 30 novels, and three thousand newspaper and magazine articles.
His first novel "The Innocents Abroad" was published in 1869 and became a best seller.
He never had one specific form of writing it changed frequently between books.


Two of Clemens' biggest hits in writing were banned.
They were "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
Banned in 1994 from the seventh grade curriculum because parents complained about the racially charged language used.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Banned because the Mississippi's dialect was believed to be inappropriate to study in school.

Kept traveling
it had a darker feeling to the book that he didn't want
His motive seemed to be to write another lighthearted humorous book that included scenes from his own childhood.
There were times when Twain had difficulty with the book and took breaks from writing it.
when he was 10 he watched a slave die after a white overseer hit him with a piece of iron
A Tramp Abroad (1880)
He was embarrassed because he believed that he had insulted three literary icons in particular: Henry Longfellow, Ralph Emerson, and Oliver Holmes. Which may had made him to escape to Europe for nearly two years.
The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
Life on the Mississippi (1883)
traveled up he Mississippi with Horace Bixby
Roughing It (1872)
His son, Langdon, born in 1870, died in 1872
Inspirations (cont.)
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