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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Mark Twain Mark Twain was one of the most influential writers in American history. Personal Life -Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. -His real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens.-Clemens discovered he loved writing when he was 15 years old, when he joined his brother, Orion Clemens, as printing and editorial assistant. - At age 17, Clemens traveled to Saint Louis for a printing job, and became a liscensed river pilot in 1858. This is where his pen name came from, "Mark Twain" refers to 12 feet of water that is safe to pass.- In 1870, he married Olivia Langdon, and of their four childeren, only one survived. Their surviving child, Clara Clemens, lived to be 88, and had one daughter. Clara's daughter died without any childeren of her own, so there are no descendants of Mark Twain. Writing Career -Twain began to gain fame when his short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was first published on November 18, 1865. The story was printed across the country. -In 1867, Twain took a five-month trip across the Mediterranean. In 1869, he published his first book, Innocents Abroad, based on his sights there. Innocents Abroad became a best seller, and helped start his writing career. -The last 15 years of Twain's life were filled with prestigious awards, including degrees from Oxford and Yale. -Twain was much photographed and applauded wherever he went. Notable Works The Gilded Age-1873. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-1876. The Prince and the Pauper-1881. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-1884.
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