Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, close to the Mississippi River, as Samuel Langhorne. He spent most of his childhood years in nearby Hannibal observing aquatic life and was fascinated by the beautiful scenery it provided. His dad was a lawyer and died when he was 11 years of age. He started working in various stores as a delivery boy at a very tender age in order to support his family. At about 15, he began an apprentice job with local printers and occasionally contributed to the organization publication.
Works and Career
Mark Twain started writing books at the age of 17. His first novel, “The Dandy Frightening Squatter,” was published in Boston by the sportsmen magazine of Massachusetts. However, in 1853, things turned bad for him, and he began wandering as a journeyman from Chicago, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Philadelphia, New York, St Louis, Orion, and lots of other cities. He briefly settled in Lowa with his brother Orion and made some fortune there
In 1861 Mark Twain traveled to Nevada, where he invested carelessly in silver, timer, and other commodities. After his failed investment in Nevada, he settled down to work in a newspaper organization in Virginia City. He was reckless and hot-tempered and came in conflict with the local authorities of the state, and so he escaped to California.
After his escape to California, he wrote a short story titled “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The book brought him a national award in the US and made him famous. Mark Twain married Olivia Langdon in 1870 in New York and moved to Connecticut a few years later with his wife. He spent 20 years at Connecticut and had three daughters with Olivia
He moved to England, and after a series of unsuccessful businesses and investments around Europe, Mark Twain returned to the U.S.A in 1900. He raised money for the Presbyterian Church in 1864 and also created a portrayal of Joan of Arc. His wife died in 1905 which made him start writing fewer comic books, some of them include “The man that corrupted Hadleyburg,” and “Eve Diary” wrote in remembrance of his wife.
His commentaries were stunning and breathtaking and often depicted the bad root of human behavior. He wrote a lot of novels but is best remembered for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He won a lot of awards which includes an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in 1907 and an honorary doctorate from Yale University in 1901.
Mark Twain died on the 21st of April 1910, 5 years after the death of his wife, at the age of 75. After his death, his family suppressed some of his works that they felt were irrelevant to conventional religion. However, in 1962, his daughter Clara reversed her decision and decided to publish some of his books, such as Letters from the Earth, Little Bessie, and the Mysterious Stranger.