Mark Twain Biography

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called "the Great American Novel".

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed 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 singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Mark Twain
Full Name:
Samuel Clemens
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Novelist, Author, Journalist, Humorist, Teacher
Ethnicity:
Scotch-Irish American
Religion:
Deism
Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Age at Death:
74
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Marriages
  • 1870-02-02
    American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY
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