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Mark Twain’s life and career and things you don’t know!

The singular Mark Twain - A biography

Realistic literature from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century met many talented faces like Walt Whitman or Stephen Crane and among them it is impossible not to mention Mark Twain, a bright star in the sky at that period. William Dean Hells frankly remarked that:

“Mark Twain is a splendid genius who absolutely deserves to be in the ranks of the greatest writers.”

He is considered a famous American satirist writer with outstanding achievements and extremely important, Mark Twain has contributed to create a unique identity for American literature, which is young, deeply influenced by English literature.

Let’s learn more about the glorious life of Mark Twain to get to know him better!

The life and career of Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a writer born on November 30, 1835 in a not so wealthy family in Florida, Missouri. Four years later, his father moved to Hannibal, a western port town on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The place where he was born is known as the heart of America, because it is not only the border area but also represents the dreams and personality of the people of the United States and the Mississippi River, the bridge connecting the North down. Later, Mark Twain has put those lands into his work as a mark in his own career as well as American history. From a young age, he used to play in the woods or swim in the river and read adventure books.

The portrait of Mark Twain
The portrait of Mark Twain

When his father passed away, the writer went to apprentice at a cousin’s print journalist, but the money was not very good, so Mark Twain was forced to go to many different cities to make a living. He once dreamed that he would go looking for gold in South America and always found ways to get rich quickly.

Later, he learned and got a boat driver’s license, the writer went to many places, admired the beautiful scenery from the winding currents and learned a lot of experience, but because of the American Civil War, all activities on the river happened. Mississippi is terminated.

During that time, the writer joined the Southern Military Force but he escaped and went to mine for silver in Nebraska state. Mark Twain wandered from place to place with various careers and eventually started a new job in Virginia City.

The writer was a writer for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper under the pen mark of Mark Twain, which means “mark two”, referring to the depth of the water level about two fathoms, a term that trekkers often assume that is a safe path.

This is also the beginning of Mark Twain’s literary career. His first works were A Gallant Fireman and The Dandy Frightening the Squatter when the writer was an apprentice at a newsprint, but when he arrived in this town he started to focus on his writing career.

In addition, Mark Twain has worked for a number of other newspapers, the writer traveled and set foot in Europe such as Holy Land, where he wrote the work The Innocents Abroad while also publishing a short stories like Advice For Little Girls and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

That humorous story helped Mark Twain’s name get more or less attention from everyone. He later married Olivia ‘Livy’ Langdon when he had just finished the book The Gilded Age: A Tale of  Today and they had four children, and shortly after, their first baby boy died at the age of nineteen months.

This gave the writer time to live only with his childhood past, he recalled the adventures that he had once thrown around and the memories on the river that he attached to. bunch of.

During that melancholy, Mark Twain completed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, one of the classics of children’s literature. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a continuation of Tom Sawyer, his most famous novel and also a profound human value.

Mark Twain and the fight for freedom for colored people

If The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has the acclaim of the childhood world expressed by “the deep aspirations of the heart”, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the journey of fighting to get out of the bondage, get out of the standard of life and the freedom of colored people.

The story revolves around the main character is Huck, a clever boy and Jim, a black friend accompany him on adventures on the majestic Mississippi River.

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been particularly successful in criticizing the realities of society through the innocent, honest eyes of the children. At the same time, through how they react to the world, we can truly see the thoughts, attitudes and behaviors of the environment that adults have created.

In the context of the time when the United States forced people to live with religion, it was constantly stifling their freedom, especially the children, and Huckleberry Finn was no exception.

The introduction of the book has changed Mark Twain’s life as well as the writing career, with profound satire, from details to images, a reality of diverse life.

It is a matter of how to educate children, their freedoms and human freedoms, if the book is put in the context at that time, it is more profound than the liberation of slaves.

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn have always been a source of inspiration for countless critics as well as interpretations in literature. That is the starting point, death and rebirth, just as the American novelist Ernest Hemingway once said:

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn’” – Ernest Hemingway famously declared in 1935. “It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that”.

If you love Mark Twain and his works, you can read more about his life through this book The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography By Twain, Mark; Kaplan, Fred

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