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Criticisms of Mark Twain Past and Present Mark Twain is regarded as one of the most prominent American authors Twain was born Samuel L Clemons several years prior to the Civil War in a small town of Hannibal Missouri Much of his boyhood was spent frolicking in the muddy brown waters of the Mississippi After his fathers death early in his life Twain was hired for his dream job as a Steamboat Captain on the Mississippi River This chance was cut short by the start of the Civil War Twain spent several years as a confederate volunteer but this did not last either Twain struck out for the west hoping to make a fortune as a silver prospector The only richness Twain achieved searching for silver was plenty of experiences on which he could write His first successful publication Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog is a collection of stories Twain heard while living in the mining camp in Nevada After his failed attempt at a quick fortune Twain returned to the east This is where he published his most famous works which included Tom Sawyer and its sequel Huckleberry Finn Twain was regarded as a humorist because of his lively imagination that sent his stories into the realm of outlandish His most highly acclaimed novel Huckleberry Finn appears to be nothing more than a boys tale at first glance but in actuality it is taught in college literature classes because of its underlining satires and themes It was even considered to be subversive at the time when it was written because of its anti-government ideas This story as it appears tells of a young boy Huckleberry Finn and his adventures as he travels down the Mississippi Along the way he picks up a few passengers The first of these is Jim a runaway slave Huck as he is called for short decides instead of turning Jim into the authorities that he will help him
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