Mark Twain
The 1,000,000 pound Bank-Note
A Burlesque Biography
A Deception
A Dog's Tale
Advice to Little Girls
A Helpless Situation
Amended Obituaries
A Monument to Adam
An Entertaining Article
A Telephonic Conversation
A Double-Barrelled Detective Story
The Belated Russian Passport
Diplomatic Pay and Clothes
Does the Race of man love a Lord?
Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale
Eve's Diary
Extracts from Adam's Diary
The First Writing-Machines
General washington's Negro Body-Servant
Huckleberry Finn
A Humane Word from Satan
In Memoriam
Italian with Grammar
Italian without A Master
Journalism in Tennessee
A Letter to The Secretary of the Treasury
The Man Who Put Up At Gadsby's
Portrait of King William III
Post-Mortem Poetry
Saint Joan of Arc
The $30,000 Bequest
The Californian's Tale
The Captain's Story
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
The Danger of Lying in Bed
The Death Disk
The Five Boons of Life
The Invalid's Story
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Two Little Tales
Was it Heaven? or Hell?


"Write without pay until someone offers it. If no one does so within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended

Mark Twain was the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. His father was a storekeeper and died in 1847. His early occupations included apprenticeship to a printer, writing for his brother's newspaper and, just as importantly in retrospect, piloting ships on the Mississippi (where, incidentally, he was actively discouraged from reading). It was this latter job that provided material for his most famous books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and gave him his working name. "Mark twain" is a naval term meaning "two fathoms deep".

In fact, Twain published his early works under the name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass but he settled on the now familiar pseudonym as a correspondent for a variety of Nevada and California magazines. He achieved fame as a humorist with The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867) and Innocents Abroad (1869), and began a first English lecture tour in 1872. His writing covered numerous topics but frequently utilised autobiography (Roughing It (1872), Life on the Mississippi (1883)) and fantasy (The Prince and the Pauper (1882), A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur (1889)).

Twain's most famous books remain Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, both of which concern life on and around the Mississippi and contain much of the social and political satire familiar from his other writings. However, their success could not prevent Twain from experiencing financial troubles in the last twenty years of his life. He left for worldwide lecture tours and wrote many less purposeful books, although The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg (1900) is pleasingly inventive. Twain died in 1910 having made it to a ripe old age for a man who reportedly smoked forty cigars per day.

Quotations Great Site with Mark Twain Quotes, Newspaper Collection and related resources
The Mark Twain Association of New York Includes a detailed biography and informative links
Mark Twain Homepage Extensive coverge of the author, with the influence of Mark Twain, details of his family and further links

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