Twain


In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born to John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton in the small town of Florida, Missouri. The Clemensą family wasnąt at all rich, but four years after Samuel was born, they moved to the even smaller Missouri town of Hannibal, population 500, (Hoffman 2). It would be Hannibal that would inspire some of Clemensą most famous books.
Hannibal was a river town, visited by all sorts of travelers moving upstream and downstream. There were steamboat men, revivalists, circus performers, minstrel companies, showboat actors, ect. It was not strange, therefore, that Hannibal and the people who Clemens encountered there were destined to figure in many of Clemens's ...

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apprentice. Interesting enough, it was working around the printing press that helped push Clemens into publishing his first works. His earliest writings were skits for his brother Orion's Hannibal newspaper. A sketch, "The Dandy Frightening the Squatter," published in The Carpet Bag (Boston) in 1852, was his first published story of life on the Mississippi River, (Wister xx).
Between 1853 and 1857 Clemens worked as a journeyman printer in St. Louis, New York, Philadelphia, Muscatine and Keokuk, Iowa, and in Cincinnati. While there, he continued to publish a series of sketches in newspapers. These showed that Clemens was fond of using misspellings, puns, and weirdly fashioned sentences for humorous effects, ( Wister xxii). Clemens continued to write his letters and draw his sketches while at the same time traveling around the south. The letters would stop when he took a trip to New Orleans, where he rediscovered his love of the river.
In New Oreleans, Clemens arranged ...

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a long cord which had flags spaced a fathom (six feet) apart. When the crewman saw the flags disappear he would call out "Mark One!" for one fathom and for two fathoms he called out "Mark Twain!" Two fathoms meant safe clearance for river boats, so Sam Clemens chose a name which not only recalled his life on the river, but which also had a reassuring "all's well" meaning, ( Anderson 92).
Twain began to move around the west, taking employment in local newspapers. One story, "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog," published in the New York Saturday Press, November 18, 1865, was a national hit. The next year 2 a trip to the Hawaiian Islands produced a series of humorous travel ...

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