Download e-book for iPad: Mark Twain (Who Wrote That?) by Liz Sonneborn

By Liz Sonneborn

The main loved stand-up comedian of his day, Mark Twain is this day one among the best authors the USA has ever produced. Born Samuel Clemens, a negative boy hailing from the standard frontier city of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain thrilled readers in the course of the nineteenth century along with his observations concerning the top and worst within the American personality. Mark Twain explores how Clemens, utilizing his well-known pen identify, drew from his existence studies to create his best-known works, together with The Innocents in another country, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's courtroom, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and can pay particular awareness to his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a singular that keeps to resonate in our time.

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Most were sober and somber Midwesterners who he found rather boring. He tried to fit in by joining in shuffleboard games, public readings, debates, and prayer services. But Twain much preferred the company of a few select men he became friendly with. Calling themselves the Nighthawks, they stayed up drinking, smoking, and playing cards long after their more serious-minded fellow travelers had gone to bed. Twain also struck up a friendship with one of the female passengers, Mary Fairbanks. indd 45 10/7/10 11:56 AM 46 MARK TWAIN publisher from Cleveland, Ohio, she took a liking to Twain but could see that the young man from Hannibal was still a bit rough around the edges.

Twain’s first-person narrator, in contrast, did not seem to know much about anything. Portraying himself as a western bumpkin, he created a comical character that readers embraced. The pose, however, also allowed him to question the assumptions of most travel writers. In the book, Twain continually describes Europe not as glorious and sophisticated, but as shabby and rundown. He continually laughs at the idea that travelers are supposed to be in awe of artworks created by people from long ago. ” whenever they speak of European artists in hushed and reverent tones.

7 In Twain’s lifetime, The Innocents Abroad was the best selling of all his works. The book was a twist on the travel books readers were accustomed to. Most were written with great authority and tended to praise the beauties and wonders of the Old World, which most Americans could never expect to see themselves. Twain’s first-person narrator, in contrast, did not seem to know much about anything. Portraying himself as a western bumpkin, he created a comical character that readers embraced. The pose, however, also allowed him to question the assumptions of most travel writers.

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