Mark Twain Bust
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By Sergey Eylanbekov (Contemporary)
Mark Twain (1835-1910) was the pen name for the American born author and humorist Samuel L. Clemens. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri; a Midwestern town on the Mississippi River. At age 12, Twain was forced to leave school and begin working due to the death of his father. He began a printer’s apprenticeship at the Hannibal Journal, a newspaper owned by his brother, Orion. Soon, he began contributing articles and humorous sketches, similar to some of the works that would later gain him wide recognition.
Eventually, Twain journeyed to New Orleans where he found work on the waters of the Mississippi as a licensed river boat captain. It was during this five-year period that Twain met many of the people that served as inspiration for characters in his novels and short stories. Twain wrote and traveled extensively for a number of years before marrying Olivia Langdan in 1870 in Elmira, New York. Later Twain and his wife moved to Hartford, Connecticut where she gave birth to the couples three daughters and he completed his greatest works: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Life on the Mississippi.
Twain’s work have been praised by many American authors for the originality of his style. He can be equally commended for his humorous prose and his social criticism. Ernest Hemingway has credited Twain by stating, “All modern American literature comes from...Huckleberry Finn.”