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My Mark Twain The contributions that Mark Twain made to society and literature are remarkable America was defining itself into an influential nation through Mark Twains writings he gave definition to what it meant to be an American Using cutting and accurate humor he attracted a range of readers and audiences Twain stunned the world with his brilliance and talent Ernest Hemingway a fellow American author felt that all American fiction was influenced by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and called the book the finest American novel ever written Growing up on a farm in Florida Missouri Samuel Clemens enjoyed the delightfulness of the country life At the age of six Sams best friend was a slave girl who he spent many hours wadding in brooks and picking wild blackberries with her Sams favorite slave Danl become the role model for Jim in Huckleberry Finn The Importance of Mark Twain 11 Telling stories and entertaining the family Sam was intrigued and interested by his friends ability His family soon moved to Hannibal Missouri where Sam found a completely new way of life Witnessing prejudice concerning the African Americans Sam began to question the righteousness of slavery Living in a bigger city and observing his fathers law practice exposed young Sam to crime- even murder 13 Hannibal severed as an inspiration for his book Huckleberry Finn Just as Tom Sawyer spent his days fishing on the river and hunting these adventures were from real-life escapades of Sam and his friends Due to the loss of his father Samuel Clemens worked as an apprentice for the Journal to support his family Little did he know that this would be the start of a ten-year career in newspapers that would include being a full-time apprentice Orions assistant editor and a journeyman printer around the world The Importance of Mark Twain 16 Twain started writing stories about Hannibal and he succeeded in publishing a few nonfiction
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