He was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
His parents met when his father moved to Missouriand they were married in Orion —Henry —and Pamela — His sister Margaret — died when Twain was three, and his brother Benjamin — died three years later. His brother Pleasant Hannibal died at three weeks of age.
His father was an attorney and judge, who died of pneumonia inwhen Twain was Louisand Cincinnatijoining the newly formed International Typographical Unionthe printers trade union.
He educated himself in public libraries in the evenings, finding wider information than at a conventional school. Pilot was the grandest position of all. The pilot, even in those days of trivial wages, had a princely salary — from a hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty dollars a month, and no board to pay.
As Twain describes it, the pilot's prestige exceeded that of the captain. The pilot had to: Bixby took Twain on as a cub pilot to teach him the river between New Orleans and St.
Twain studied the Mississippi, learning its landmarks, how to navigate its currents effectively, and how to read the river and its constantly shifting channels, reefs, submerged snags, and rocks that would "tear the life out of the strongest vessel that ever floated".
Piloting also gave him his pen name from " mark twain ", the leadsman's cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms 12 feetwhich was safe water for a steamboat. Henry was killed on June 21,when their steamboat Pennsylvania exploded. Twain claimed to have foreseen this death in a dream a month earlier, : He continued to work on the river and was a river pilot until the Civil War broke out inwhen traffic was curtailed along the Mississippi River.
At the start of hostilities, he enlisted briefly in a local Confederate unit. He later wrote the sketch " The Private History of a Campaign That Failed ", describing how he and his friends had been Confederate volunteers for two weeks before disbanding.
Twain describes the episode in his book Roughing It. Nye inand Twain joined him when he moved west. The brothers traveled more than two weeks on a stagecoach across the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountainsvisiting the Mormon community in Salt Lake City.
Twain's journey ended in the silver-mining town of Virginia City, Nevadawhere he became a miner on the Comstock Lode. Joe Goodman; party at Gov.
Johnson's; music" and signed it "Mark Twain". He may have been romantically involved with the poet Ina Coolbrith. A year later, he traveled to the Sandwich Islands present-day Hawaii as a reporter for the Sacramento Union.
His letters to the Union were popular and became the basis for his first lectures. He wrote a collection of travel letters which were later compiled as The Innocents Abroad It was on this trip that he met fellow passenger Charles Langdon, who showed him a picture of his sister Olivia.
Twain later claimed to have fallen in love at first sight. She rejected his first marriage proposal, but they were married in Elmira, New York in February where he courted her and managed to overcome her father's initial reluctance.
The couple lived in Buffalo, New Yorkfrom to He owned a stake in the Buffalo Express newspaper and worked as an editor and writer.
They had three daughters: Susy —Clara — and Jean — Library of Twain Housewith hand-stenciled paneling, fireplaces from India, embossed wallpaper, and hand-carved mantel from Scotland Twain moved his family to Hartford, Connecticut, where he arranged the building of a home starting in Also, he smoked cigars constantly, and Susan did not want him to do so in her house.
Twain wrote many of his classic novels during his 17 years in Hartford — and over 20 summers at Quarry Farm.Essays and criticism on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Critical Essays.
Chapters 4 and 5 Summary and Analysis The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Critical Essays . If you're a high school student or English teacher, you will find this collection of essays important in discussing the impact of Twain's long-canonized classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Chapters Superstition In chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Twain's characters tend to get worked up over the silliest of superstitions.
In the second chapter, when Huck accidentally flicks a spider into a flame, he, “Was so scared . From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
Huck “sells” his $6, to Judge Thatcher for $1 so Pap cannot take it from him. The Judge knows that legally Huck cannot simply give it to him, so he writes a contract and buys it from him. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.