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The Tragedy of Puddnhead Wilson BIOGRAPHY Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30 1835 in Florida Missouri He took up the name Mark Twain which was a riverboat term for two fathoms deep as an alias to use in his writings Clemens family was very poor when he was growing up and his father died when he was only 11 years old Needing money for the family Clemens quit school to work for his brother as a printer helping to publish a newspaper Samuel figured out a few years later that printing was not for him so he boarded a riverboat headed for New Orleans en route to South America where he planned on collecting coca Quickly changing his mind Clemens persuaded the captain of the boat Horace Bixby to teach him how to pilot boats He received his pilot license soon after in 1859 After just five years of piloting boats he left in 1864 to work as a reporter in San Francisco He started on his voyage to fame after one of his stories appeared in the New York Saturday Press in 1865 In 1870 he married Olivia Langdon and briefly lived in Buffalo New Yord Clemens did much of his best work as a writer from 1871 to 1891 while he lived in Hartford Connecticut Here he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court He spent the remaining three years of his life compiling his autobiography Samuel Langhorne Clemens known to most people as the great writer Mark Twain passed away on the evening of April 10th 1910 PLOT SYNOPSIS The Tragedy of Puddnhead Wilson is a story by Mark Twain that reaches deep into the issues of slavery and black versus white This relatively short tale focuses around two babies who were born on the exact same day Chambers
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