Mark Twain 's Life On The Mississippi Essay

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, whom later became Mark Twain was born in the backwoods of Missouri. Due to the failure of his father’s store, Twain along with his family moved to Mississippi, which later became the setting for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as well as Life on the Mississippi. His father’s death at the age of twelve pushed Twain into working in order to provide for his family. His first job was setting type and editing copy for a newspaper originated by Orion, his older brother. Later, he began working all around as a printer from Mississippi to the east coast. Twain’s love for steamboats on the Mississippi led him to accept the challenge of apprenticing Horace Bixby, which he documented and later became Life on the Mississippi. After serving in the Civil War, Twain journeyed to the mines of Nevada and grew a love for storytelling. His first writing piece was “The Notorious Jumping Frog”, which was a tall tale that exemplified his humorist writing. Along with The Innocents Abroad, Twain sold the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, allowing his regional writing techniques to be brought out through the varying language in the novel. Twain died shortly after the death of his last family member alive, his youngest daughter. Through the use of regional speech patterns as well as his journalistic eye for local color, Twain can be titled as a regional writer which can be proved through Hamlin Garland’s piece, Local Color in Art. Regional writer is exemplified through Garlands…

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