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Mark Twain

Author Mark Twain

Full Name: Samuel Clemens
Profession: Author

United States of America

Biography: American author and humorist, best known for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876) and its sequel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."

Born: November 30, 1835
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, USA
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Married Life

  • 1870-02-02 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

Historical Events

  • 1863-02-03 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"
  • 1865-11-18 Mark Twain publishes "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
  • 1884-12-10 "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)
  • 1885-02-18 Mark Twain publishes the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in the US
  • 1927-11-03 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee", based on Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre, NYC; runs for 421 performances
  • 1931-04-06 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

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