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Mark Twain
Mark Twain's real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens. But he became a famous American novelist as his pen name, Mark Twain. He was borned in November.30.1835,in Florida, United States which affects his literary work later. Because he lived near by Mississippi river and the back ground of his most famous literary work is Mississippi river. His dad died when he was 11 years old, so he had to start work early.Later, his variety career and experiences makes his literary work abundant. His first job was printers devil and he became a tour guide of Mississippi river when he was 14. Unfortunately, The Civil War occurred and he lost his job. He traveled with his brother to United States. In United States, He made a lot of debts, so he became a journalist of Territorial Enterprise and Morningcall to pay back the debts. From this point, he start to write practically and he published his writing in a newspaper. In 1865, he debut with a collected short stories, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." He entered the University of Oxford as an honorary doctor in 1907. And he breathe his last in April.21.1910.
Usually, the literary work reflects author's life. Mark Twain is well known as a wild and magnanimous humor writer.That kind of mood shows us in very famous novel, series of Mississippi river (Adventure of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, and adventure of Huckleberry Finn). But the tone of his literary work started to change since he had bad news from his family. He lost his first daughter, Susy in 1896. After 8 years, his wife passed away. Since then, his literary work became pessimistic and gloomy. Moreover in 1909, his youngest daughter died on Christmas Eve. Finally, After 4 month, he passed away.
Book list
Non- fiction
  • Life on the Mississippi
  • roughing it
  • The Innocents Abroad
  • Old Times on the Mississippi
  • A Tramp Abroad
  • How to Tell a Story and other Essays
  • Following the Equator
  • Christian Science
  • Is Shakespeare Dead?
  • Queen Victoria's Jubilee
  • Mark Twain's Autobiography
Fiction
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • A Horse's Tale
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • The adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • The tragedy of Pudd'Nhead Wilson
  • Advice for Little Girls
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • General Washington's Negro Body-Servant
  • My Late Senatorial Secretaryship
  • Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance
  • The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
  • Sketches New and Old
  • Punch, Brothers, Punch! and other Sketches
  • Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors
  • The American Claimant
  • Merry Tales
  • The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories
  • Tom Sawyer Abroad
  • Tom Sawyer, Detective
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • A Double Barrelled Detective Story
  • The War Prayer
  • The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
  • Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
  • Letters from the Earth
Poetry
  • O Lord, Our father
Short Stories
  • A burlesque biography
  • A dog's tale
  • A helpless situation
  • A telephonic conversation
  • Edward Mills and George Benton:A Tale
  • Italian with Grammar
  • Italian without a master
  • The Californian's tale
  • The first writingmachins
  • The five boons of life
  • Was it Heaven? or Hell?

Book rivews
1.Huckleberry Finn Review of Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn
"Huckleberry Finn is a classic. Simple as that. It provides a look into what life was probably like for a 19th century boy. It was different than the life of children today, because today life centers around education. Back then, it was a regular thing to play hooky, even though they got in trouble for it when they were caught. And when they were punished, usually it was with a beating instead of `You're Grounded!'.

The book shows us how badly slaves were treated. They weren't even considered humans! It was like they didn't have feelings, and didn't see things the same way white people did. They way the slaves actually did think was odd. It was sad to see that they could slap a slave for no reason, and the slave would accept it either because they were used to it or they thought that whites were better than them.

Huck Finn is rather unrealistic in the aspect of adventure. I'm guessing most boys back then didn't run off with an escaped slave to Cairo. The way that Mark Twain wrote the book was different than other first/second person books I've seen. The dialogue was very much like the 19th century southern Mississippi talk. Sometimes it got hard to decipher what a paragraph in slave-speak meant because it was so obscure.

All in all, Mark Twain's writing style is different than the traditional Southern book, but that doesn't detract at all from the story. I liked it!"
By:Madlie Oct.08,2008

Finn & Sawyer Part 2
"Everyone should read or re-read this classic. Most of us read it in school, probabaly not in its entirety. Schools struggled then and now with the use of the N word, although teenage boys in the 1830's clearly would never have heard a synonym.

These adventures are a classic. The royals were a hoot, how many failed fraudulent enterprises could they invent before the inevitable tar and feathering. Huck and Jim are on the run from an abusive father and the law, respectively, and Twain shows all people have a great deal in common, in spite of theories prevalent in the antebellum era.

I'm not sure why Tom Sawyer needs to show up to conclude this thing. The ending could work without him, maybe Twain not sure that Finn could carry the book or film alone. " By:John Purcell Nov.02,2008
2.Adventures of Tom Sawyer Reviews of Advetures of Tom Sawyer
Superbly illustrated, it captures the essence of Tom Sawyer the book
"To understand America in the nineteenth century, you must understand Tom Sawyer. His life, so full of adventure set amidst the bustle of a changing nation, is in many ways the dream of nearly all male children. To spend your time swimming in the creek, gathering "treasures" and eating goodies is truly the good life. Tom's romance with Becky is also the way it is with most boys. Girls are universally considered to have some kind of contagious disease, when I was young, they had cooties, until you see that one perfect girl that you will share everything with. The wonder and mischief of Tom and Huck are captured in this book, superbly illustrated by Michael Ploog. Tom is wide-eyed, freckled and has bulbous cheeks. Huck has a pointed nose, bright eyes and a suitably scruffy demeanor. With the exception of Sundays, the boy's clothes consist of a series of patches sewn over rags. This book is an excellent introduction to what is the tale of American youth of the nineteenth century, very appropriate for classes in English. Of course, after covering this book, the students should be required to read the original." By: Charles Ashbacher Dec 07, 2007

A literary delight page after page
"This book is a great example of what makes Twain one of America's most belvoed writers. Twain's unique sense of humor and his keen insights into human nature shine through in this book. Twain's style is wonderful, the characters are dynamic and the plot never hits a snag. Twain has created a novel here that is light enough on the surface to entertain young readers yet contatins enough substance to speak volumes to an adult audience. You are sure to love this one is you have read any of Twain's other works. If you haven't read Twain, delay no further--this book is the perfect starting point." By:J.Harrison Nov 28, 2007

3.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Reviews of a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Revolution by the Boss
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You might wonder what prompted Mark Twain to sidle from "straight" fiction into the realm of outright fantasy. Twain transports a Connecticut shop foreman twelve centuries into the past [and 5 000 kilometres!] to Camelot and Arthur's court. Initially confused and dismayed, Hank Morgan's Yankee practicality is quickly aroused and he becomes a major figure among the panopolied knights. With the title of The Boss, his rank equals The King or The Pope with its uniqueness. His elevation doesn't distract him from a more profound impulse, however. Hank's Yankee roots and wide experience evoke an ambition - nothing less than revolution. He wants to sweep away the monarchy and aristocracy and establish an American-style republic in Arthurian Britain. " By: Stephen A. Haines January 30, 2002

review for connecticut yankee
"This book makes you feel angry at points about the horribleness of the monarchy, yet ashamed because similar acts still go on in the present. An example would be how the rich and privileged still get the best of everything, while the have-nots get the last and worst of everything, both now and then. Twain has a comic sense in the book, and yet he still shows a contrast between the comic and the serious. This book should be a classic for Twain's creative portrayal of the sixth century, yet also because it makes us think about our society today." By:Nick Robillard February 24, 2004

Pictures
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Mark Twain
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Mark Twain's statue near by Mississippi river
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Mark Twain's house
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Huckleberry Finn
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Life on the Mississippi
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The adventures of Tom Sawyer


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