Mark Twin, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American writer, lecturer, comedian and entrepreneur. He has written several novels including “The Adventure of Tom Sawyer”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the “Great American Novel”. He made a lot of wealth from his writings and lectures but invested in companies that lost a lot of money. His wit and satire in his writings and his words earned him praise from friends and critics and also attracted attention of presidents, artists and European royalties who made friends with the writer, considered the greatest American humorist of the time.
- First years of life
Mark Twain was born in November 30, 1835, in Florida. Samuel Langhorne was appointed at birth. His family moved to Hannibal, Missouri when he was four, a city that inspired “Tom Sawyer’s Adventure”. Twain left school after the fifth grade in 1848. In 1851, he became a composer for the Annibale Journal where he collaborated with humorous articles and sketches. When he was 18, he left Hannibal for New York City, where he also worked as a typographer for the International Typographical Union. He also educated himself in the public library by obtaining information that was not available in conventional schools at the time.
Twain began his career journey at the age of twelve after his father died. After leaving school in 1848, he worked as a composition for Hannibal Journal until he was 18. Then he left for New York to work for the printing union. After two years of training as a steamboat pilot, Twain received his pilot license and started working. It was during this time that he was given the pseudonym of “Mark Twain”. He worked as a river pilot until 1861 when he joined a local confederate unit. He worked briefly as a miner in Nevada, then left for the Virginia City newspaper, “Territorial Enterprise”, where he used his pseudonym for the first time. While working as a journalist,
- More contributions
Mark Twain was a skilled writer, novelist, actor and entrepreneur. It is considered by some people to be the father of American literature. His love for science and technology led him to make three inventions, including “Improvement of adjustable and removable garment straps”, which later replaced the director and the sticker album. Twain was an ardent imperialist who spoke strongly in support of the American interest in the Hawaiian island in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Twain was also a strong supporter of the abolition of the slave trade and supported trade union movements in America.
- The challenges
Although Twain was an accomplished American figure, his success was not without its challenges. As a young man, he had to leave school after the fifth grade after his father’s death. Although he made a significant amount of money through various activities such as writing and performance, he also lost a great deal of money through bad investments. Twain also had to close his family home in Hartford because of his falling income in 1891. In 1858, he lost his younger brother to a steam accident, an incident that led him to blame himself to death.
- Death and inheritance
After his daughter died in 1896, Twain suffered a period of depression. His wife’s death in 1904 and the death of his last daughter in 1909 only worsened his condition. He also lost a close friend, Henry Rogers, in 1909. In April 21, 1910, Mark Twain died of a heart attack in Redding, Connecticut. He had made a prediction that his death would occur at the same time as Halley’s comet, since he was born two weeks after the approach closest to the comet. His prediction came true. The value of Twain was estimated at $ 471,000 or $ 12 million today.