Author Bio-Worksheet: Twain
Samuel Taylor Clemens, 1835-_________, was an American
writer, journalist and _______________, who won a worldwide audience for his
stories of the youthful adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Clemens was born on ___________________ in Florida, _____________, of a
Virginian family. He was brought up in ______________, Missouri. After his father's
death in 1847, he was apprenticed to a printer and wrote for his brother's
newspaper. He later worked as a licensed Mississippi ____________ pilot. The
Civil War put an end to the steamboat traffic and Clemens moved to Virginia City, where he edited the Territorial
Enterprise. On ___________________, 'Mark Twain' was born when Clemens
signed a humorous travel account with that pseudonym.
In 1864, Twain left for California, and worked in San Francisco as a reporter. He
visited ________________ as a correspondent for The Sacramento Union,
publishing letters on his trip and giving lectures. He set out on a world tour,
traveling in France and Italy. His experiences were
recorded in 1869 in _________________________________, which gained him
wide popularity, and poked fun at both American and European prejudices and
The success as a writer gave Twain enough financial
security to marry Olivia Langdon in __________. They moved next year to Hartford. Twain continued to
lecture in the United States and England. Between 1876 and 1884
he published several masterpieces, ____________________ (1881) and The
Prince and the Pauper (1881). Life on the Mississippi appeared in
1883 and Huckleberry Finn in ___________.
In the 1890s Twain lost most of his earnings in
financial speculations and in the failure of his own publishing firm. To
recover from the bankruptcy, he started a world lecture tour, during which one
of his daughters _________. Twain toured New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa. He wrote such books as
The Tragedy Of Pudd'head
Wilson (1884), Personal Recollections Of Joan Of Arc (1885), A
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) and the travel book Following
The Equator (1897). During his long writing career, Twain
also produced a considerable number of essays.
The death of his wife and his second daughter ________________
the author's later years, which is seen in his posthumously published
autobiography (1924). Twain died on ________________________.
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