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During the Realistic literary movement many authors have stood out asthe Greats but one stood out further than the rest SamuelLanghorne Clemens was born on November 30 1835 Clemens wasnt outrightdetermined to be an author as some great authors are when they areyoung In fact Clemens didnt really know what he wanted to be at allBorn into a family of seven children Clemens grew up with only three ofthem by his side When Clemens was four years old his family moved fromhis birthplace of Florida Missouri to Hannibal Missouri As a slaverystate Missouri would contribute to the realistic attitude of Clemensliterary works Hannibal would also later serve as the inspiration forSt Petersburg in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn It was also in Hannibal that Clemens would becomefamiliar with the printing trade At the age of 11 Clemens father died from pneumonia After the deathof his father Clemens quit school to work in the print industry as aroving journeyman printer working as far east as New York CityKellman p 2512 After working as a steamboat pilot for a few yearsClemens moved to Nevada in 1961 where he spent a short amount of timeinterested in silver mining before returning to journalism His pen nameMark Twain would first be published in 1862 Clemens worked fornewspapers on both ends of the country publishing short stories andcomics It wasnt until the publication of his short story The CelebratedJumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1865 that the name Mark Twainwould become truly well-known Clemens style of writing was differentfrom typical literature of that period because it lacked the aloof stylethat was present in the books directed toward the upper class of thetime Clemens story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Countywas more of a conversation than most other published works of the 19thcentury seemed to be Following the publication of The CelebratedJumping Frog of Calaveras County was a compilation of letters writtenby Clemens on a trip to
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