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The Life of Samuel Clemens AKA Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as Mark Twain the distinguished novelist short story writer essayist journalist and literary critic who ranks among the great figures of American Literature Twain was born in Florida Missouri in 1835 To John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton As a new born Twain already had moved four times westward In 1839 the family moved again this time eastward to Hannibal Missouri Hannibal was a frontier town of less than 500 residents As small as the town was it offered valuable materials and opportunities for a young writer Most of the residents knew Samuel well considering they were on the lower half of the social scale such as poor whites and slaves The town of Hannibal was mostly used for farmers coming in from the countryside It was also a river town swamped with travelers moving up stream and down stream Some of the travelers were steamboat men circus performers minstrel companies and showboat actors Since all this action was going on all the time that opened a big door to the beginning of Samuels stories It provided a huge source of literary material Shortly after the death of his father in 1847 he ended the brief period of his schooling to become a printers apprentice Like many nineteenth century authors he was preparing for his writing career later in life Working as a Printers apprentice he got practice as a typesetter and miscellaneous reading The first thing Samuel wrote as a used piece was a few skits for his brothers Orions Hannibal newspaper and a sketch for The Dandy Frightening The Squatter published in Boston in 1852 The first real book ever published by Mark Twain was Life on the Mississippi River Between 1853 and 1857 Clemens worked a journeyman printer in seven different places During this trip of making sketches and writing stories he began eastward by boat
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