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Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens – better known by his pseudonym Mark Twain – was born on 30.11.1835 in FloridaMark Twain (Missouri). His father died in 1847 and that is why Mark Twain had to drop out in the age of 12 and why he trained as typesetter. Since 1852 the writer has travelled through the East and the Midwest and has also visited St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. where he wrote his first travel letters which were published in the Hannibal Journal.

From 1857 until 1860 Mark Twain was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi. His famous penname Twain adopted from the call (“Mark twain!” – meaning by the mark of two fathoms) used when sounding river shallows. He had also satirized an older writer, Isaiah Sellers, who called himself Mark Twain. The Civil War put an end to the boat traffic so he went to Nevada in 1861 where he tried his luck as a gold-miner. In 1864 he lived in San Francisco and 1866 he went to Hawaii as a reporter. From 1867 til 1894 Mark Twain travelled through Europe, Palestine and founded a publishing company which he had to close in 1894. Since that time he has done a journey round the world and gave lectures.

Mark Twain died on 21.04.1910 in Redding (Connecticut).

Some of Mark Twains works:
1869 The Innocents Abroad
1876 The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
1876 A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage
1884 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1897 The Awful German Language
1907 Is Shakespeare Dead?


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Huckleberry Finn

One of Mark Twain’s most famous act is “Huckleberry Finn”. Huck is a young boy who loves adventures and who lives in the house of the godly sisters Douglas and Watson. One day he outwit the whole village because he want to dispose his father who is an alcoholic and Huck doesn’t bear longer with the old ladies. Together with the slave Jim he escapes on a float. During their journey on the Mississippi they get to know different people -knaves, impostors and other criminals. When Jim was imprisoned Huckleberry and his friend Tom Sawyer work out a plan to liberate the slave…

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