Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?
Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?
April Jones Prince
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain also had a serious streak and decried racism and injustice. His fascinating life is captured candidly in this enjoyable biography.
Who was Mark Twain? / by April Jones Prince; illustrated by John O’Brien. v. cm. Contents: Who was Mark Twain? — In with the comet — Life on the Mississippi — Roughing it — The celebrated jumping frog — The Gilded Age — Tom and Huck — Following the Equator — Waiting for the comet. 1. Twain, Mark, 1835-1910—Juvenile literature. 2. Authors, American—19th century—Biography—Juvenile literature. [1. Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. 2. Authors, American.] I. O’Brien, John, 1953- ill. II. Title. PS1331.P7
TWAIN” FOR HIS PEN NAME. Then something terrible happened. While Sam was working on another boat—the Pennsylvania’s boilers blew up. The accident killed about 150 people. Henry was one of them. He was only nineteen years old. For the rest of Sam’s life, he blamed himself for Henry’s death. But that did not end Sam’s steamboat days. Less than a year later, in April 1859, Sam received his pilot’s certificate. Soon he was earning $250 a month—as much, Sam liked to say, as the vice president of the
2004 818’.409—dc22 2003021265 ISBN: 978-1-101-63998-6 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 Contents Who Was Mark Twain? In with the Comet Life on the Mississippi Roughing It The Celebrated Jumping Frog The Gilded Age Tom and Huck Following the Equator Waiting for the Comet Who Was Mark Twain? “When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.” —Mark Twain If you can’t quite place the name Mark Twain, think of The Adventures
NORTHERN BANKS, WHICH SET THE PRICES FOR THESE CROPS. IN ALL, ELEVEN SOUTHERN STATES LEFT THE UNION AND FORMED THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. THE NORTH SAID NO STATE HAD THE RIGHT TO DO THAT AND WENT TO WAR IN 1861 TO PRESERVE THE UNION. AFTER THE NORTHERN VICTORY IN 1865, SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED. THE FOUR YEARS OF FIGHTING CLAIMED 620,000 LIVES. Sam did not have strong opinions about the conflict. He made his way home to Hannibal, hoping the war would end quickly. He wanted to return to the
people and astonish the rest.” Rather than return to the Hartford home where Susy had died, the family rented a house in New York City. Guests and reporters called constantly. Mark spoke at luncheons and banquets. He was one of the most famous and recognized people of his day. Mark had something to say about any topic reporters put before him. Mark Twain, who had always wanted to be more than just a humorist, had become the nation’s wise man. The older Mark Twain grew, the more critical he