Mark Twain Biography
Mark Twain was the literary genius whose artistry was the subtle satire that he nonchalantly intertwined with the characters he created using his native Missouri as his rock of inspiration. His two most famous works: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer propelled him to a celebrated author status that sees him still sitting aloft on the throne of American literature.
Mark Twain was a self educated man who was put to work as a typesetter at the age of 12 after the premature death of his father. An avid reader, he visited libraries in his spare time as he devoured information to satisfy his thirst for knowledge.
In 1857 he embarked on a training schedule to be a steam boat pilot on the Mississippi River and after two years training he got his pilots licence. He worked as a steam boat pilot until the outbreak of the American civil war in 1861 stopped all commercial sailings on the river.
Twain had a brief stint donning the grey uniform of a confederate soldier until he realised he did not share his southern comrades passion for defending slavery so he left fo find fortune out west. After he failed as a miner he discovered he was far more successful with the pen than the pick and so began his writing career in various newspapers before he finally put pen to manuscript on his pièce de résistance about Messrs Finn and Sawyer.
He was the publisher of the acclaimed memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant in a deal he struck to financially help the former head of state who hit on hard times and was suffering from cancer.
When Mark Twain was in town on the lecture circuit it was a spectacle to behold with his quick witted satirical humour he was a turn of the century equivalent of a stand up comic cum life analyst whose speeches created interest and mirth wherever he roamed.
When humour has meaning it becomes the sharpest tool in your armoury and Twain was armed to the teeth with quick witted quips and imaginative puns that I have summarised into 21 of the best Mark Twain quotes
Quotes About Mark Twain
The celebrated author George Bernard Shaw was impressed to say:
"I am persuaded that the future historian of America will find your works as indispensable to him as a French historian finds the political tracts of Voltaire"
Ernest Hemingway gave high praise indeed when he said:
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. But it's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since"