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He began to dictate his autobiography, which he would continue to do until a few months before he died. The description may or may not be apt. At any rate, even though the worst of his financial worries were behind him, there was no particular reason for Clemens to be in a good mood. The family, including Clemens himself, had suffered from one sort of ailment or another for a very long time.

In his daughter Jean was diagnosed with epilepsy, and the search for a cure, or at least relief, had taken the family to different doctors throughout Europe. She was violently ill in , and for a time Clemens was allowed to see her for only five minutes a day. Removing to Italy seemed to improve her condition, but that was only temporary. She died on June 5, The story chronicles in tenderly comic ways the loving relationship between Adam and Eve.

He would have yet another occasion to publish his grief. His daughter Jean died on Dec. The Death of Jean was written beside her deathbed. It is true that Clemens was bitter and lonely during his last years.

In —07 he published selected chapters from his ongoing autobiography in the North American Review. Judging from the tone of the work, writing his autobiography often supplied Clemens with at least a wistful pleasure. These writings and others reveal an imaginative energy and humorous exuberance that do not fit the picture of a wholly bitter and cynical man.

He moved into his new house in Redding, Conn. It is an uneven but delightfully humorous story, one that critic and journalist H. Mencken ranked on a level with Huckleberry Finn and Life on the Mississippi. Little Bessie and Letters from the Earth both published posthumously were also written during this period, and, while they are sardonic, they are antically comic as well.

Clemens thought Letters from the Earth was so heretical that it could never be published. The letters did present unorthodox views—that God was something of a bungling scientist and human beings his failed experiment, that Christ, not Satan, devised hell, and that God was ultimately to blame for human suffering, injustice, and hypocrisy.

Twain was speaking candidly in his last years but still with a vitality and ironic detachment that kept his work from being merely the fulminations of an old and angry man. Clara Clemens married in October and left for Europe by early December.

Jean died later that month. Clemens was too grief-stricken to attend the burial services, and he stopped working on his autobiography. Perhaps as an escape from painful memories, he traveled to Bermuda in January By early April he was having severe chest pains.

His biographer Albert Bigelow Paine joined him, and together they returned to Stormfield. Clemens died on April The last piece of writing he did, evidently, was the short humorous sketch Etiquette for the Afterlife: Advice to Paine first published in full in Among the pieces of advice he offered Paine, for when his turn to enter heaven arrived, was this: Heaven goes by favor.

If it went by merit, you would stay out and the dog would go in. Only Clara survived him. As a humorist and as a moralist, Twain worked best in short pieces. In A True Story, told in an African American dialect, Twain transformed the resources of the typically American humorous story into something serious and profoundly moving.

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is relentless social satire; it is also the most formally controlled piece Twain ever wrote. The originality of the longer works is often to be found more in their conception than in their sustained execution. Twain was not the first Anglo-American to treat the problems of race and racism in all their complexity, but, along with that of Herman Melville, his treatment remains of vital interest more than a hundred years later.

His ability to swiftly and convincingly create a variety of fictional characters rivals that of Charles Dickens. And his mastery of spoken language, of slang and argot and dialect, gave these figures a voice. Howells, who had known most of the important American literary figures of the 19th century and thought them to be more or less like one another, believed that Twain was unique.

Twain will always be remembered first and foremost as a humorist, but he was a great deal more—a public moralist, popular entertainer, political philosopher, travel writer, and novelist. Perhaps it is too much to claim, as some have, that Twain invented the American point of view in fiction, but that such a notion might be entertained indicates that his place in American literary culture is secure. We strive for accuracy and fairness. But if you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!

Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Clemens was apprenticed to a printer at age 13 and later worked for his older brother, who established the Hannibal Journal.

In , the Keokuk Daily Post commissioned him to write a The Roman politician and general Mark Antony 83—30 B. His romantic and political alliance with the Born in Missouri in , Clemens followed a circuitous route to becoming an observer and writer of the American West. As a young man he apprenticed as He had been commissioned to write a series of comic travel letters for Impressionism was a radical art movement that began in the late s, centered primarily around Parisian painters.

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Art Deco was a sprawling design sensibility that wound This website uses cookies for analytics, personalization, and advertising. Click here to learn more or change your cookie settings. By continuing to browse, you agree to our use of cookies. Youth Samuel Clemens, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Moffit Clemens, was born two months prematurely and was in relatively poor health for the first 10 years of his life.

Late in his life, Twain reflected on this promise that became a curse: Apprenticeships In the oldest Clemens boy, Orion, returned from St. Literary Maturity The next few years were important for Clemens.

Mark Spitz at Munich Olympics. Martin Luther King Jr. Impressionism Impressionism was a radical art movement that began in the late s, centered primarily around Parisian painters. Readers waiting for this title: Microform in English - Definitive ed. Publish date unknown , Chatto and Windus. You might also like. More by Mark Twain. May 23, Edited by Charles Horn Edited without comment.

October 15, Created by WorkBot add works page. Roughing It E-book in English. Roughing it Microform in English. November 1, , Signet Classics Roughing It. Roughing it in English. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work Samuel Langhorne Clemens , better known by his pen name Mark Twain , was an American author and humorist. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper.

After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling. He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker.

His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy.

With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility. Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return.

He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature". Books by Mark Twain. Trivia About Writings of Mark

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Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was cemented as a premier writer of late 19th century America with his works "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Find out more about his life and writing in this video. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ().3/5(1).