Mark Twain


Born
in Florida, Missouri, The United States
November 30, 1835

Died
April 21, 1910

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Samuel 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 Celebrat
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“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
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August 2016 Old School Classic Poll

-800, The Odyssey by Homer, 560 pages
 
  44 votes, 22.1%

1857, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  42 votes, 21.1%

1320, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, 798 pages
 
  28 votes, 14.1%

1883, Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, 384 pages
 
  18 votes, 9.0%

1860, The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, 579 pages
 
  17 votes, 8.5%

1830, The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 608 pages
 
  17 votes, 8.5%

 
  15 votes, 7.5%

 
  13 votes, 6.5%

1859, Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, 567 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.5%

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