Mark Twain Facts

Mark Twain Facts
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and the sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) which is often called "the Great American Novel". See the fact file below for more information about Mark Twain.
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Date of Birth
November 30, 1835

Date of Death
April 21, 1910

Place of Birth
Florida, Missouri

Birth Family
John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens

Olivia Langdon Clemens

4 children: Langdon, Susy, Clara, Jean

Twain educated himself by spending time in public libraries in the evening

American author, lecturer and humorist

Reason for Fame
Twain is most famous for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called
“the Great American Novel” and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Additional Information
Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
At age 22, he took a voyage to New Orleans down the Mississippi and was inspired to pursuer
a career as a steamboat pilot. Twain studied the 2,000 miles of the Mississippi for more
than two years before he received his steamboat pilot license. Upon his death, he was
lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age, and was called by William Faulkner “
the father of American literature.”