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Mark Twain - Author

About the Author

Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father’s death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army – although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days – it was the river pilots’ cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley’s Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned – this is exactly what happened.

Featured books by Mark Twain

Other books by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain Format: Board book Release Date: 28/01/2021

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

A Horse's Tale

A Horse's Tale

Author: Mark Twain, Shelley Fisher Fishkin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

At the turn of the twentieth century Minnie Maddern Fiske, a New York actress, socialite, and animal rights activist, wrote to Mark Twain with an unusual request: for Twain to write about the evils of bullfighting equal to that of his anti-vivisectionist story A Dog's Tale. Twain responded with A Horse's Tale, a comic animal tale that doubled as a frontier adventure and political diatribe. A Horse's Tale concerns Soldier Boy, Buffalo Bill Cody's favorite horse, as the protagonist and sometime narrator at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. When the general's orphaned niece arrives, Buffalo Bill takes her under his wing and ultimately lends her Soldier Boy so that they may seek adventure together. Twain uses the friendship between the girl and the horse as the basis for his eventual indictment of the barbarism of Spanish bullfighting. Twain's novella is unusual for its complex tone-combining a comic children's story and a dark portrait of animal cruelty. Including the themes of transatlantic relations and frontier culture, Twain offers a fresh look into the world of Buffalo Bill Cody from the perspective of one of America's most beloved authors. First published in 1906 in Harper's Monthly and as a single volume the following year, A Horse's Tale never again appeared in print except in anthologies of Twain's work. This edition includes the full text of Twain's original story, an introduction that situates the work in historical and biographical context, thorough annotations, and the addition of significant archival material related to Twain, Cody, and Fiske.

A Horse's Tale

A Horse's Tale

Author: Mark Twain, Shelley Fisher Fishkin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

At the turn of the twentieth century Minnie Maddern Fiske, a New York actress, socialite, and animal rights activist, wrote to Mark Twain with an unusual request: for Twain to write about the evils of bullfighting equal to that of his anti-vivisectionist story A Dog's Tale. Twain responded with A Horse's Tale, a comic animal tale that doubled as a frontier adventure and political diatribe. A Horse's Tale concerns Soldier Boy, Buffalo Bill Cody's favorite horse, as the protagonist and sometime narrator at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. When the general's orphaned niece arrives, Buffalo Bill takes her under his wing and ultimately lends her Soldier Boy so that they may seek adventure together. Twain uses the friendship between the girl and the horse as the basis for his eventual indictment of the barbarism of Spanish bullfighting. Twain's novella is unusual for its complex tone-combining a comic children's story and a dark portrait of animal cruelty. Including the themes of transatlantic relations and frontier culture, Twain offers a fresh look into the world of Buffalo Bill Cody from the perspective of one of America's most beloved authors. First published in 1906 in Harper's Monthly and as a single volume the following year, A Horse's Tale never again appeared in print except in anthologies of Twain's work. This edition includes the full text of Twain's original story, an introduction that situates the work in historical and biographical context, thorough annotations, and the addition of significant archival material related to Twain, Cody, and Fiske.

Penguin Readers Level 2: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 2: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. Someone killed Huckleberry Finn. Everyone in the village of St. Petersburg will tell you this, but Huck Finn is not dead. He ran away. Now he is traveling down the great Mississippi river. Come with him on his adventures and meet many new people. Some of them are good, but some of them are very bad.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

A great American novelist, illustrated by a great American artist - now available in a collectable two-volume set. In 1936, the Heritage Press, a publisher of fine editions, commissioned Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer; four years later, they asked him to illustrate The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well. For each book, Rockwell created eight full-colour paintings and numerous pen-and-ink drawings, the product of extensive on-the-ground research in Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Famously, Rockwell even tried to buy some Hannibal residents' old clothes, to dress his models in. For years, the Rockwell editions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have been unavailable in stores. Now, Abbeville Press is proud to reissue them as a handsome new clothbound set. The colour plates are reproduced from new photography of Rockwell's original paintings, the typesetting has been done anew to a high standard, and new introductions - illustrated with Rockwell's rarely seen preliminary sketches - examine this unique encounter between two legendary chroniclers of America.

Oxford Children's Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Oxford Children's Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2020

What are you looking for? Danger! Adventure! Excitement! Fun! After escaping from his cruel father, Huckleberry Finn teams up with runaway slave, Jim, and they head off on a raft down the Mississippi River. But danger is always close at hand - will they survive and win their freedom? Oxford Children's Classics present not only the original and unabridged story of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but also help you to discover a whole world of new adventures with an amazing assortment of recommendations and activities.

Tom Sawyer, Detective

Tom Sawyer, Detective

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2020

Tom Sawyer Abroad

Tom Sawyer Abroad

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2020

Roughing it (Volume I)

Roughing it (Volume I)

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Roughing it (Volume I)

Roughing it (Volume I)

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Mark Twain's Library of humor

Mark Twain's Library of humor

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2020

Mark Twain's Library of humor

Mark Twain's Library of humor

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2020

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2020

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain, Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2020

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Esprios Classics)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Esprios Classics)

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2020