Mark Twain

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Date of Birth November 30, 1835
Place of Birth Florida, Missouri
Date of Death Apr 21, 1910 (74)
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Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the "greatest humorist [the United States] has produced", and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called "The Great American Novel". Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.

Born: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, November 30, 1835, Florida, Missouri, U.S.
Died: April 21, 1910, Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
Resting place: Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York, U.S.
Pen name: Mark Twain, Josh, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass
Occupation: Writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, lecturer
Notable works: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Children: 4, including Susy, Clara, and Jean
Relatives: Orion Clemens (brother)
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About Mark Twain

Renowned 19th-century author who wrote Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and became famous for his unparalleled wit and storytelling ability. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, he wrote under the pen name of Mark Twain and is widely considered one of the most important American literary figures.

Before Fame

He worked as a printer's apprentice and wrote for a newspaper before earning his riverboat pilot's license in 1859. Six years later, his short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," brought him international acclaim.


He was born during and died soon after the arrival of Halley's Comet.

Family Life

He was one of seven children born to Jane Lampton Clemens and John Marshall Clemens, and he spent his childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, which became the setting of his most famous novels. He married Olivia Langdon in 1870, and the couple went on to have four children.


Experimental southern writer William Faulkner called Mark Twain the father of American literature.

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