Mark Twain

What was Mark Twain’s original name?
Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Where did Twain grow up?
Hannibal, Mississippi

What significant event happened to Twain and his family when he was twelve?
His father died of pneumonia

How did Twain find out that he enjoyed writing?
He joined his brother’s newspaper

What was Twain’s job in 1858 and how did he attain the name of Mark Twain?
He was a licensed river pilot and mark twain means that it is safe to navigate

What major event caused Twain to become a newspaper reporter?
The Civil War

Who did Twain marry in 1870 and how many children did they have?
He married Olivia Langdon and they had 4 children

What was Twain’s first work which began to gain him fame?
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County

What was the first book that Twain published?
The Innocents Abroad

What two books were published in 1876 and in 1885?
The Adventure of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

What signifigance does the American Library Association with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
It was censored

When did Twain die?
April 21, 1910

What did Twain receive from Oxford University in 1907?
Doctorate in Letters

What did Twain name his dogs?
I Know, You Know, and Don’t Know

Twain was very interested in parapsychology. What did he predict and how?
He predicted his brother’s death in a dream. He also predicted his own death with some accuracy

What ironic event happened on the day that Twain was born and died?
Haley’s Comet was visible

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