Mark Twain Timeline

1835
Born in Florida, MO

1839
Age 4 moved to Hannibal, MO

1843
Clemens family lost everything owned in sheriffs sale

1847
age 11 John Clemens dies (dad)

1849
First portrait of him

1851
published first humorous report about a fire

1853
travels to St. Louis, New York City, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, all working in different print shops

1855
goes to work with brother (Orion) in print shop in Iowa

1857
Hops on river boat in New Orleans in order to go to South America

1857
Meets Horace Bixby on riverboat and convinces Twain to become a apprentince

1859
liscensed riverboat pilot

1861
Civil War; Carson City, Nevada moves to his brothers; works in printing shop

1863
Feb. 3rd Mark Twain is born

1865
Move to California. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” published in NYC

1866
California sends him to Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) starts a lecture tour

1867
NY and Cali send him to Europe and Holy Lands (Israel). Meets Langdon

1869
publishes “The Innocents Abroad” (going abroad = going to Europe)

1870
34 years old; Langdon introduces him to his sister Olivia Langdon and marries

1871
Moved to Hartford, CT; becomes editor

1872
Langdon Clemens dies (first son)

1873
published “The Gilded Age”

1874
Moves into a new home, Hartford

1876
publishes “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”; began sequel but did not finish

1880
“A Tramp Abroad”

1878
Toured; Italy, Germany and Switzerland

1882
published “The Prince and the Pauper”

1883
publishes “Life on the Mississippi” and writes unsuccessful play

1884
writes and wants to publish but couldn’t because too inappropriate. Published in Great Britain “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

1885
published “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in U.S. but was banned

1881
started investing

1883
writes “The Tragedy of Pudd’NHead Wilson”

1889
published “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court”

1892
rewrites (into a book) unsuccessful play The Tragedy of Pudd’NHead Wilson named “The American Clamant”

1897
“Following the Equator”

1894
Lost $200,000 and declares bankruptcy

1895
publicly humiliated because he couldn’t pay bills.

1895
Tours in India, South Africa and Australia

1896
writes “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc”; Suzy (oldest daughter) dies of meningitis

1903
Sells Hartford home

1904
Olivia dies of heart disease

1909
Jean dies of epiclesis and seizure in bathtub on Dec. 24

1910
April 21 dies of heart disease

1916
last piece was published “The Mysterious Stranger” published by Clara

1893
published “Adam and Eve” Diary

1905
published “Adam and Eve Diary” 2nd time

1845
Olivia Langdon is born

1870
Langdon Clemens is born

1872
Suzy was born

1874
Clara is born

1962
Clara dies

1880
Jean is born

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