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Twain Presentation

  1. 1. Mark Twain "When in doubt, tell the truth.”
  2. 2. What kind of man was he? <ul><li>Witty </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It is noble to be good; it is still nobler to teach others to be good -- and less trouble.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Serious </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Biography <ul><li>November 30th, 1835 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens is born. </li></ul><ul><li>1847- Samuel’s father dies of pneumonia </li></ul><ul><li>1848 - leaves school to become printers apprentice </li></ul><ul><li>1858 - He became a licensed steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Clemens' pseudonym, Mark Twain, is a river term which means two fathoms (12-feet): the depth of water that is safe for a steam boat to navigate. </li></ul><ul><li>1870 - Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children, one of whom died in infancy and two who died in their twenties. </li></ul><ul><li>Their surviving child, Clara, lived to be 88, and had one daughter. Clara's daughter died without having any children, so there are no direct descendants of Samuel Clemens living. </li></ul><ul><li>1865 - &quot;The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County&quot; appeared in the New York Saturday Press. </li></ul><ul><li>1869 - Twain's first book, &quot;The Innocents Abroad,&quot; was published </li></ul><ul><li>1876 - &quot;The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is published </li></ul><ul><li>1885 - &quot;The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn&quot; is published. </li></ul><ul><li>April 21st, 1910 - Mark Twain passes away. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Well-known short stories <ul><li>The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County </li></ul><ul><li>The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg </li></ul><ul><li>Eve’s Diary </li></ul><ul><li>A Dog’s Tale </li></ul>
  5. 5. Novels of Note <ul><li>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn </li></ul><ul><li>A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court </li></ul><ul><li>Pudd’n’head Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>The Innocents Abroad </li></ul>
  6. 6. Major Themes/Motifs <ul><li>Humanity’s fall from grace </li></ul><ul><li>Irony in human institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Nature vs. Nurture </li></ul><ul><li>Doubles/twins </li></ul><ul><li>Slavery/racism </li></ul><ul><li>Greed/corruption </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mark Twain’s House
  8. 8. Mark Twain: So what? <ul><li>Foreshadowed Modernist thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Made scathing critiques of his society which are still relevant today. </li></ul><ul><li>One of our most brilliant and misunderstood authors. </li></ul>
  9. 9. References <ul><li>(2007, June 27). Mark twain - widipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved July 19, 2007, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Web site: </li></ul><ul><li>(1997). New York Times, Mark Twain in New Hampshire. Retrieved July 18, 2007, from Afterimage Gallery Web site: htm </li></ul><ul><li>(1981, July). The Works of Mark Twain. Retrieved July 18, 2007, from University of California Press Web site: </li></ul><ul><li>(2007). Mark twain. Retrieved July 20, 2007, from Old Pictures Web site: http://www.old- htm </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes, B. (2003). Guide to stick style architecture - claire t. carney library - umass dartmouth. Retrieved July 20, 2007, from Welcome to the Clair T. Carney Library Web site: </li></ul>