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Mark Twain

  1. 1. Tonya Posey McKenzie English 1102Professor E.M. Owens
  2. 2.  Background of Mark Twain List of Writings by Mark Twain Themes depicted in “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Motifs in “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Impacts in the writing of “Huck Finn” Quotes Mark Twain Awards and Honors
  3. 3.  Given name: Samuel Clemmons Penn name: Mark Twain (means that it is safe to navigate) Born in Florida, Missouri in 1835 Raised in Hannibal, Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River Age 13 left school to become a printer’s apprentice Age 15 became a printer/editorial assistant at his brother’s newspaper Age 17 became a licensed river pilot Became a newspaper reporter for several newspapers all over the U.S. Married Olivia Langdon in 1870 – had four children One child died in infancy, two died in their twenties, one lived to be 88 years but had no children {there are no direct descendants to Mark Twain} Mark Twain died April 21, 1910
  4. 4.  (1867) Advice for Little Girls (fiction) (1867) The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (fiction) (1868) General Washingtons Negro Body-Servant (fiction) (1868) My Late Senatorial Secretaryship (fiction) (1869) The Innocents Abroad (non-fiction travel) (1870-71) Memoranda (monthly column for The Galaxy magazine) (1871) Mark Twains (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance (fiction) (1872) Roughing It (non-fiction) (1873) The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (fiction) (1875) Sketches New and Old (fictional stories) (1876) Old Times on the Mississippi (non-fiction) (1876) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (fiction) (1877) A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime (stories) (1878) Punch, Brothers, Punch! and other Sketches (fictional stories) (1880) A Tramp Abroad (non-fiction travel) (1880) 1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors (fiction) (1882) The Prince and the Pauper (fiction) (1883) Life on the Mississippi (non-fiction) (1884) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (fiction) (1889) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court (fiction) (1892) The American Claimant (fiction) (1892) Merry Tales (fictional stories)
  5. 5.  (1893) The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories (fictional stories) (1894) Tom Sawyer Abroad (fiction) (1894) Puddnhead Wilson (fiction) (1896) Tom Sawyer, Detective (fiction) (1896) Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (fiction) (1897) How to Tell a Story and other Essays (non-fictional essays) (1897) Following the Equator (non-fiction travel) (1900) The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (fiction) (1901) Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany (political satire) (1902) A Double Barrelled Detective Story (fiction) (1904) A Dogs Tale (fiction) (1905) King Leopolds Soliloquy (political satire) (1905) The War Prayer (fiction) (1906) The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories (fiction) (1906) What Is Man? (essay) (1907) Christian Science (non-fiction) (1907) A Horses Tale (fiction) (1907) Is Shakespeare Dead? (non-fiction) (1909) Captain Stormfields Visit to Heaven (fiction) (1909) Letters from the Earth (fiction, published posthumously) (1910) Queen Victorias Jubilee (non-fiction, published posthumously) (1924) Mark Twains Autobiography (non-fiction, published posthumously) (1935) Mark Twains Notebook (published posthumously)
  6. 6.  Racism Slavery Intellectual and Moral Education Hypocrisy of “Civilized” Society
  7. 7.  Childhood Lies and Cons Superstitions and Folk Beliefs Parodies of Popular Romance Novels The Mississippi River Floods Shipwrecks The natural world
  8. 8.  "Huckleberry Finn" was ranked as the fifth most frequently challenged book in the United States by the American Library Association Censored versions of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” released removed the “N” word Declared as the fourth most banned book in schools In 1998, parents in AZ sued the school for the book’s inclusion on the required reading list; parents lost.
  9. 9.  My sympathies are also with you in your desire & purpose to preserve your native language in your American homes, & keep it alive in the family along with our American tongue. My sympathies could not fail there, for this movement of yours, so publicly & trustingly expressed, is a high compliment to our free institutions. There are countries where it is a punishable crime for the alien subject to use the speech that was born to him, but in America we do not care what a man talks; for we know that the sentiment back of the words will be American, every time -- & deep & strong, too. - letter to an unidentified subject, 29 May 1892 The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--its the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. - Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888 The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholders moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a privileged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name. - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court Our Civil War was a blot on our history, but not as great a blot as the buying and selling of Negro souls. - quoted by Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch in letter to New York Herald Tribune, November 19, 1941
  10. 10.  Honorary M.A., 1888, Yale University Litt.D., 1901, Yale University LL.D., University of Missouri, 1902 named to American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1904 D.Litt., Oxford University, 1907 Several schools, structures, and establishments have been named in his honor John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts created the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor June 25, 2011 US Postal Service produced the Forever stamp in his honor
  11. 11.  Mark Twain, also known as Sam Clemons, lived an adventurous life Mark Twain had a passion for writing and wrote many of his books for his own life experiences “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is by most accounts is considered and American Classic Controversy still lives today over the racial slurs and theme of slavery in the book “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is one of the most banned and controversial books written Mark Twain is still on of the most known and honored authors of all time