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Mark Twain Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens he was born in Florida MO on Nov 30 1835 and he died on Apr 21 1910Through this pen name he achieved worldwide fame during his lifetime as an author lecturer satirist and humorist Since his death his literary stature has further increased with such writers as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner declaring his works particularly Huckleberry Finn major influence on 20th-century American fiction Twain was raised in Hannibal Mo on the Mississippi River His writing career began shortly after the death of his father in 1847 Apprenticed first to a printer he soon joined his brother Orions Hannibal Journal supplying copy and becoming familiar with much of the frontier humor of the time such as George W Harriss Sut Lovingood yarns and other works of the so-called Southwestern Humorists From 1853 to 1857 Twain visited and periodically worked as a printer in New York Philadelphia St Louis and Cincinnati corresponding with his brothers newspapers under various pseudonyms After a visit to New Orleans in 1857 he learned the difficult art of steamboat piloting an occupation that he followed until the Civil War closed the river and that furnished the background for Old Times on the Mississippi 1875 later included in the expanded Life on the Mississippi 1883 In 1861 Twain traveled by stagecoach to Carson City Nev with his brother Orion who had been appointed territorial secretary After unsuccessful attempts at silver and gold mining he returned to writing as a correspondent for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise At first he signed his humorous and imaginative sketches Josh but early in 1863 he adopted the now-famous name Mark Twain borrowed from the Mississippi leadsmans call meaning two fathoms deep safe water for a steamboat Twain went to San Francisco in 1864 Dubbed the Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope he achieved a measure
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