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Jones 1 Michael Jones Mrs Smith American Literature 120 Dec 2 1999 Mark Twain It is indisputable that during his many years of writing Mark Twain established himself as a literary genius It is also indisputable that the primary reason for his success as an author was his quick wit and sense of humor During this nations time of political and social division Twain wrote about many of the simpler things in life while always showing his humorist side His brilliant comedic mind was especially unusual for any popular writer around during this rough time period in the nations history Mark Twains humorist views and writings truly solidify him as the forefather of American humor Unlike many writers of his time Samuel Clemens better known as his pen name Mark Twain never secluded himself or slaved over a piece of work He enjoyed playing billiards or sitting on his porch smoking a pipe He lived with his wife and three daughters and did most of writing in his billiards room or on his bed He lived a simple casual life which proved to encourage his laidback humorist attitude Whipple Sally William Dean Howells once compared Twains lifestyle to the other famous writers of his time Emerson Longfellow Lowell Holmes they were like one another and like other literary men but Clemens was sole incomparable Twainweb This being Jones 2 perhaps the best explanation for Twains unique humorist views it is no doubt this lifestyle provided for his creative storytelling and successful career as an author Mark Twain a native of Missouri who lived most his childhood in poverty began his career surprisingly as a steamboat pilot This career path was soon to be interrupted by the Civil War in which he served for the Confederate Army for two weeks before withdrawing Already at this point in his life Twain was showing his humorist side when he commented on this incident saying it
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