Wednesday, 18 July 2018

431) Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain. American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was of Cornish, English and Scots-Irish descent. 
Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1875) and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel". Twain was born shortly after an appearance of Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well; he died the day after the comet returned. 
He was lauded as the "greatest humorist this country has produced", and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature".
Son of Jane Clemens.

- "At 34, this handsome, red-haired, affable, canny, egocentric and ambitious journalist and traveler had become one of the most popular and famous writers in America."

 - "... know that some day Sam Clemens, the boy with a great shock of red hair..."

- "... the Sun reported that many in the audience mistook Twain for Frank Moulton, both sporting thick shocks of red hair and handlebar mustaches."…

- "... Isabel was twenty-eight years younger than Mark Twain, whose red hair was now going gray."

- "I would have loved to live in the time of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, the best dressed period of the world. You know I like color and flummery and all such things--I was born red-headed--maybe that accounts for my passion for the gorgeous and ornamental."

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