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Beginning the Academic Essay

Who was Mark Twain, truly? Mark Twain was born in 1835 as Samuel Langhorne Clemens who later became an American author known for his humor, storytelling, and being a neutral bystander. Mark Twain started his career as a student and wrote for his brother’s newspaper. Twain also was a Mississippi River pilot but the Civil War had ended river traffic. In the end, he wrote for the Virginia City Examiner and later became a San Francisco newspaperman. Mark Twain was unmatched in American literature because of his novels like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. He was described by William Faulkner as the “father of American literature”, and his work continues to resound with us more than 100 years later. Mark Twain impacted American Literature through his stunning success of humor, brilliant description of characters and vivid details of oppression to man (Twain, 1).

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