Mark Twain.

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It is widely postulated by many that Samuel Longhorne Clemens holds the title of

one of the greatest authors of American History. His literary masterpieces are

revolutionary works, and his style is one of his own. A style to be mirrored by many, yet

mastered by none. The eccentric writer has created a plethora of well read works under a

variety pseudonyms, the most common and well noted, Mark Twain, which he shall be

referred to throughout this analysis of his life, style and influences, and the criticism placed

upon his novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Born November 30, 1835 into the small town of Florida, Missouri, Samuel

Longhorne Clemens led an adventurous life. When a mere four years old, the Clemens

family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, which had a location right along the Mississippi

River. The same river which played host to several of his later novels.

Like many authors

of his day, Clemens had little formal education. His education came from the print shops

and newspaper offices where he worked as a youth. At the age of eighteen, Clemens left

Hannibal for New Orleans, where he persuaded a riverboat pilot to teach him the trade.

By that spring, Clemens had become a licensed riverboat pilot. At the outbreak of the

American Civil War (1861) Clemens chose not to get involved and moved to Carson City,

Nevada. After an unsuccessful stint as a gold and silver miner, he relied on his other

trade, writing. During this period, he adopted his famous pen name "Mark Twain" which

ment "two fathoms" in riverboat lingo. By 1865 Twain had published his first popular

story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." (Lucidcafe and Twentieth

Century Literary Criticism)

While it is well noted that Mark Twain has a...