Mark Twain's Influence On American Literature

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A father who was hardworking and pursued the American dream, his name was Mark Twain. Mark Twain was a man of many characters, and reflected that into his novels and works of literature (Neilson vi). Mark Twain was a big influence on American literature, and he lived in an era of change. In the following paragraphs, the early life, young adult years, middle age, end years, and interesting facts about Mark Twain will be discussed. Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth of seven siblings. He was born with the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, but later in life he used the pen name Mark Twain which stuck. At the age of four he moved to Hannibal, Missouri. Hannibal was a real life Candyland to Twain. The town …show more content…
Four months after the death of his youngest daughter Mark Twain died at the age of 74 in his Redding, Connecticut home (“A Life Lived… 1835-1910”).
Some interesting facts about Mark Twain are, before he started writing under the pen name Mark Twain, he used the pen name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass. He probably did this for humorous reasons and to have a funny pen name. He used this pen name when he wrote for the Keokuk Post (Cantwell 131). Another interesting fact is, when he was born Halley's comet was visible, and when he died, Halley's comet was visible. What is even more mysterious Mark Twain predicted his own death. He based his prediction on when Halley’s comet was visible on Earth, and the night Halley’s comet was visible in 1910 he died of a heart attack (“A Life Lived… 1835-1910”)e
To conclude, Mark Twain was a man of many characters which he reflected in his novels and his works of literature. He lived a full and eventful life. Twain went through good times and bad, but he always kept writing. He has been one of the most important American writers to this date, because of his influence and his skill to write. He may have gone through dark times, but he is still remembered for his brilliant works of literature, and his influence even to this

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