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Book Title: Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing|
The author of the book: Mark Twain
ISBN 13: 9780312143657
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 350 KB
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Edition: St. Martin's Press
Date of issue: August 1st 1996
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Mark Twain is one of my favorite classic writers, although I'm ashamed to admit that, as of the writing of this review, I have not read "Tom Sawyer" or "Huckleberry Finn." But rereading this reminded me of that deficiency and urged me to correct it. Mark Twain combines good advice with dry wit that is both informative and entertaining. I do kind of wish it was a little more substantial in terms of content; it is almost entirely made up of quotes by him on writing, reading, and other literary topics from his various works. But with this sampling, I can now find more gripping pieces of his to read, like his collected letters or speeches and essays.
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Read information about the authorSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.
He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.
Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".
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