New PDF release: Mark Twain (Who Wrote That?)

By Liz Sonneborn

ISBN-10: 1604137282

ISBN-13: 9781604137286

The main liked slapstick comedian of his day, Mark Twain is this day one of the best authors the USA has ever produced. Born Samuel Clemens, a bad boy hailing from the standard frontier city of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain thrilled readers through the nineteenth century together with his observations in regards to the top and worst within the American personality. Mark Twain explores how Clemens, utilizing his well-known pen identify, drew from his lifestyles studies to create his best-known works, together with The Innocents overseas, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court docket, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and will pay distinct recognition to his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a singular that maintains to resonate in our time.

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He was right. Just six months after their wedding, Livy was dealt a cruel blow. In August 1870, her father suddenly died. Now pregnant, the ever-frail Livy fell apart. A close friend moved in to help care for her, but the woman soon contracted typhoid fever and died in the Twains’ bed. In November, Livy gave birth to a son, whom she named Langdon to honor her father. Arriving two months premature, Langdon was a constant worry to his parents, who feared he would not survive infancy. As was his habit, Twain decided the solution to their problems was to move.

4 The following year, Twain was hired by two California papers to take a trip to the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) and write a series of travel letters describing what he saw there. His earlier efforts to write amusing letters to his family about his travels in the East proved to be excellent training for the assignment. During his four-month adventure, he provided his editors with clever letters about visiting a sugar plantation, hiking through a volcano crater, and meeting King Kamehameha V at his royal palace.

He even contemplated suicide. At a loss over what to do next, Twain finally headed out to Angels Camp, a mining camp in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. As the winter rains set in, his latest effort to strike it rich proved to be a dud. But while there, he heard from the miners a tall tale about a frog-jumping contest. In the end, that story would bring him far more wealth than any gold nugget ever could have. Twain wrote it down, adding his own touches and flourishes, and sent it to Artemus Ward.

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