Mark Twain


Jones 1 Michael Jones Mrs. Smith American Literature 1.20 Dec. 2, 1999 It is indisputable that, during his many years of writing, 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 nation’s 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 nation’s history. ’s humorist views and writings truly solidify him as the forefather of American humor. Unlike many writers of his time, ...

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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 Twain’s unique humorist views, it is no doubt this lifestyle provided for his creative storytelling and successful career as an author. , 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 was my retirement from it that brought the crash. It left the Confederate side too weak.” (Ayers, 42) After the Civil War, Twain began his career as a journalist. He bounced from one city to another, including a stay at Virginia City, Nevada and San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Twain wrote The Celebrated ...

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were slow to begin with. Eventually, people were able to look past many of the controversial issues in the book and see the humorist side of the book, which would eventually make the book a classic. ( in His Times) This book, more so than others, indirectly poked fun at adults for forgetting their childhood. In the preface of Tom Sawyer, Twain explains his reason for writing it. “Part of my plan has been to pleasantly remind adults of what they were themselves, and how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.” (Ayers, 37) This statement does a good job of not only pointing something relatively obvious, but also makes fun of life at its ...

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