Mark Twain a.k.a. Pastor Mark – Part 1 of 2

It was the most earnest ambition I ever had….Not that I ever really wanted to be a preacher, but because it never occurred to me that a preacher could be damned. It looked like a safe job.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Mark often stated he deplored organized religion and it was well known he despised hypocrisy of all kinds. “I’m a human being, I couldn’t be any worse.” Despite these assertions, he spoke reverently to and about the ordinary person; questioned his training and habits; and frequently debated religion with his close friends and family. Some of his closest friends were pastors and ministers. It’s reported Samuel Clemens had 23-bibles in his home and one illustrated version so his daughters could understand the stories more completely at an early age. As a child, he was required to memorize bible verses to win prizes at Sunday school. My favorite opening sentence in a Mark Twain story, “A Dog’s Tale,” is: “My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian.”

 

 Frontispiece to Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Albert Levering

 

It’s evident from the writings he published, and those he wrote which were published by others, he had a firm understanding of God and religion and an inquisitive mind:

Innocents Abroad (1869)  

Mark Twain Letters from the Earth, edited by Bernard DeVoto (1938)

The Bible According to Mark Twain, edited by Howard G. Baetzhold & Joseph B. McCullough (1995)

The Devil’s Race Track: Mark Twain’s Great Dark Writings, edited by John S. Tuckey

Fables of Man, edited by John S. Tuckey (1972)

Christian Science (1907)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896) Note: Clemens favorite historical figure. Critical companion to Mark Twain: a literary reference to his life and work – K. Rasmussen (2007, 1995)

No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger (1969)

Eve’s Diary (1905)

Extracts from Adam’s Diary (1893)

Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven (1909)

Sam Clemens’s other books and short stories often include passages on religion. Satire is the weapon of choice. My favorite Mark Twain short story is, “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.” A review of the short story and DVD will follow in a separate post.

“The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” DVD

– The American Short Story Collection – 1980

Read my favorite Mark Twain short story –

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” at Project Gutenberg

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1213/1213-h/1213-h.htm#startoftext

Happy Mothers’ Day! – from Warren a.k.a. Mark Twain

Mark Twain makes remarks about his mother -

Jane Lampton Clemens (1803-1890)
Her motto: “People born to be hanged are safe in water.” – Mark Twain, a Biography

Picture form “A Burlesque Biography” – The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories.

Some thoughts about my mother from The Autobiography of Mark Twain, edited by Charles Neider, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1959, Chapter 7

…..Technically speaking, she had no career; but she had a character and it was of a fine and striking and lovable sort.

…..The greatest difference which I find between her and the rest of the people I have known is this, and it is a remarkable one: those others felt a strong interest in a few things, or as to the very day of her death she felt the strong interest in the whole world and everything and everybody in it. In all her life she never knew such a thing as a halfhearted interest in affairs and people, or an interest which drew a line and left out certain affairs and was indifferent to certain people. The invalid who takes a strenuous and indestructible interest in everything and everybody but himself, and to whom a dull moment is an unknown thing and an impossibility, is a formidable adversary for disease and a hard invalid to vanquish. I am certain that it was this feature of my mother’s make-up that carried her so far toward ninety.

Her interest in people and other animals was warm, personal, friendly. She always found something to excuse, and as a rule to love, in the toughest of them– even if she had put it there herself…. It was believed that, Presbyterian as she was, she could be beguiled into saying a soft word for the devil himself, and so the experiment was tried.

[She] was a most gentle spirit and an unstudied and unconscious pathos was her native speech.

Whenever anybody or any creature was being oppressed, the fears that belonged to her sex and her small stature retired to the rear in her soldierly qualities came promptly to the front.

Mark Twain said, “I’m related to Adam and Eve on my mother’s side…and Satan on my father’s.”

“The First Mother” – Drawing and Quotes about Eve at twainquotes.com

Mark Twain attributed many of his human qualities to what he observed in his mother. I believe some of these would include: a free spirit, laughter, kindness, determination, seeing the best in everyone, and being a superb storyteller. Several of his characters had her qualities.

I was always told that I was a sickly and precarious and tiresome and uncertain child, and lived mainly on allopathic medicines during the first seven years of my life. I asked my mother about this, in her old age—she was in her eighty-eighth year— and said:

“I suppose that during all that time you were uneasy about me?”
“Yes, the whole time.”
“Afraid I wouldn’t live?”
After a reflective pause—ostensibly to think out the facts— “No—afraid you would.”
Autobiography, ed. Paine,

Drawing of Jane Clemens at twainquotes.com

Very much like his mother, Sam also had a life motto; he said this about morals, “It’s my opinion that every one I know has morals, though I wouldn’t like to ask. I know I have. But I’d rather teach them than practice them any day. “Give them to others’—that’s my motto.”
– ‘Morals and Memory’, Mark Twain Speeches.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Read the book Mark Twain wrote and dedicated to his wife Livy -

Eve's Diary

Eve’s Diary at Project Gutenberg (includes illustrations)

Mark Twain Participates in the Sun Foundation’s 21st Annual Clean Water Celebration in Peoria, IL

Not so long ago, a chemistry professor had an idea he shared with a couple from the Sun Foundation and began a concept to develop and empower young minds to become environmentally active. They called the concept, the Clean Water Celebration and would celebrate the event close to Earth Day, helping to put environmental stewardship front and center.

Clean Water Founders Apr 2014

Dr. Bob Williams and Bob and Joan Root Ericksen.

“The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds.” – Following the Equator

“[Inventors] are the creators of the world—after God.” – quoted in Mark Twain, the Man and His Work, by Wagenknecht.

This year’s keynote was: Student Impact. Think Globally and Act Locally, presented by Biologist Paul Ritter and Pontiac Township High School Students. The students created a simple class project of properly disposing of expired and unused drugs called P2D2, Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal program. This program has grown into a nationwide drive and created global attention and public awareness which is resulting in better water quality for all.

“Water taken in moderation cannot hurt anybody.” – Mark Twain’s Notebook

Paul Ritter

Paul Ritter

In addition to the keynote session, 1000’s of students attend various breakout sessions and exhibits to enhance their understanding, awareness, and enjoyment of science and the environment.

Between sessions Mark Twain had the honor of speaking with presenter Michael Wiant, Dickson Mounds Museum Director, Jimmy Lakota, Traditional Native American dancer, and Jo Lakota and Squirrel, a Native American storyteller and her pet squirrel.

“It is best to prove things by experiment; then you know; whereas if you depend on guessing and supposing and conjecturing, you will never get educated.” – Eve’s Diary

Jo Lakota

Jo Lakota

Following the Sunday dinner presentation, several presenters and event coordinators gathered socially and discussed new ideas and solved many world problems. The energy which radiated was complimented by lies, laughter, and joyful camaraderie.

“The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. – Mark Twain’s Notebook

Harry Hendrickson and Larry McPheron – Illinois Science Teachers Association

Harry Hendrickson and Larry McPheron – Illinois Science Teachers Association

What is it about the Clean Water Celebration which makes it special?

Well, I think I could speak at length about sponsors, volunteers, teachers, presenters, and especially the students, but I’ll let Sam speak last:

“What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere…To be the first—that is the idea.” – Innocents Abroad

Pimiteoui

Pimiteoui

Lake Peoria

Lake Peoria


 




LINK to Sun Foundation Clean Water Celebration

http://sunfoundation.org/wordpress/?page_id=371

www.sunfoundation.org

LINK to P2D2 Program

http://p2d2program.wordpress.com/about/

LINK to Illinois Science Teachers Association

www.ista-il.org

LINK to Dickson Mounds

http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/index.html

Mark Twain Historic Birthplace – Florida, Missouri

Birth Announcement – November 30, 1835

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born today to John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens. Note from the author: He was born two-months early, and despite life threatening events, he’ll survive to become world famous.

 

 

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

“My parents had the first crop of us kids in Tennessee, that was for practice…then they moved to Missouri; Missouri was a small state at the time and needed attractions…so they had me.”

Sam said, “The population of the town was 99, I made it an even 100. I had increased the size of the town by 1%. There are few men in the world who have accomplished so much.”

“I can’t remember my first lie, I was too young at the time, but I remember my second one vividly, I asked someone for a match.”

“There were seven of us children, half boys…and half girls.” The house was 420-square feet. There were 8 of living in that house.”

Located in Monroe County, about 34 miles west of Hannibal, Sam would live here until he was about 4 ½ and then the family would move to Hannibal. He said, his father loaded the family belongings into the horse-drawn wagon and I was walking behind the wagon as it made the journey to Hannibal. When my parents arrived in Hannibal, my father realized I wasn’t there and had to return to Florida to fetch me.

My father and I were always on the most distant terms when I was a boy—a sort of armed neutrality, so to speak. At irregular intervals this neutrality was broken, and suffering ensued; but I will be candid enough to say that the breaking and suffering were always divided with strict impartiality between us—which is to say, my father did the breaking and I did the suffering.

- The Galaxy Magazine, Aug.1870, “Memoranda”

Sam would return during the summers to stay with his aunt and uncle, Patsy and John Quarles. It was during these summers, Sam would listen to the Quarles slave, Uncle Daniel, tell stories by the evening campfire. Kent Rasmussen writes in the Critical Companion to Mark Twain, it’s Uncle Daniel ”who helped instill in him a lifelong affection and respect for African Americans.” Mark Twain partly used Uncle Daniel as the role model for Jim in Huckleberry Finn. Many readers miss the fact that Jim was Huck’s father figure and mentor.

Sam’s grandfather Benjamin Lampton is buried in Florida, MO, but not in the main cemetery. John and Patsy Quarles and Sam’s sister Margaret are buried in the pictured Florida Cemetery.

 

I’ve been to the Mark Twain Historic Birthplace many times and highly recommend visiting. Besides the spectacular museum, they have camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and more. People from around the world come to the Historic Birthplace. The employees are knowledgeable, friendly, and genuinely glad to meet you. A wonderful destination location for all ages!

Link to Mark Twain Historic Birthplace

Phineas Taylor Barnum a.k.a. P.T. Barnum and Mark Twain

Last summer, I had the delight of waiting for a train… yes, Delight. Never thought I’d ever say waiting for a train was a delight because I have zero tolerance for waiting, least of all a train on a rarely used set of tracks. Let me also state I have a keen interest in trains: old trains, toy trains, history of trains, train commerce, train movies, train rides, train stories, train songs. The only thing I don’t like is being trained, again my tolerance issue comes into play. The significance of trains in the world today is seldom considered, but impacts our daily lives. My town has 40-daily trains traveling north and south. One of the largest ports in the United States is only a few miles from my home, here in Illinois, and it’s not in Chicago. This is due to trains. Yet here I was, in a rush to get to someplace, so important I don’t recall, and this obscure set of crossing gates begin to flash and obstruct my route. Behold, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train!

Talk about memories of my youth and history. I could go on for hours. I think I was about 8 or 9 when I saw my first circus. My grandmother and I rode the bus for about 45-minutes, to see the “Greatest Show on Earth.” And it was. I’ve seen them all, and this was. If you don’t believe me, ask my grandmother. She’d tell you, if she could.

Elephants, lions and tigers, “Oh my!” Highwire, trapeze, clowns, candy, horses, and the impossibility of watching everything happening in three rings at once. It’s amazing how many thoughts we can generate in a few seconds and then I recalled Sam Clemens was a personal friend of P.T. Barnum. Barnum, who was renown for his exaggeration, hoaxes, and self promotion. In many ways, Clemens would mimic some of Barnum’s qualities, and eventually, Sam’s extraordinary exaggerations, tall-tales, and hoaxes, would become synonymous with the name Mark Twain. Clemens often included Barnum’s character and curiosities into his writings. Clemens writes in Following the Equator of Barnum attempting to buy Shakespeare’s birthplace. Clemens twists on the famous Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang Bunker, are hilarious. Clemens admired Barnum’s use of advertising, and emulates some of P.T.’s thoughts in his own promotional pieces and states ,“Many a small thing has been made large  by the right type of advertising.” – [Hank Morgan] – Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

One of my favorite books to read to young audiences is Twain’s story, “The Stolen White Elephant,” illustrated by internationally-renown illustrator Robert Ingpen. The story is a burlesque of detective fiction about the kidnapping of Jumbo the white elephant. The Pinkerton Detectives are hopelessly following clues left by Jumbo, and the mischief caused by Jumbo is bewildering. The illustrations are spectacular, the story is gorgeous. This book is the book I recommend to youth librarians for summer-reading.  

The story opens: “The following curious history was related to me by a chance railway acquaintance. He was a gentleman more than seventy years of age, and his thoroughly good and gentle face and earnest and sincere manner imprinted the unmistakable stamp of truth upon every statement which fell from his lips.”

If you only read one Mark Twain short story this spring, I recommend you read this one. Please comment here after reading.

Don’t take my word on this, you may think you know me, but you don’t.  Sam said, “Always tell the truth, to people who deserve it.”

What will I think of the next time I’m waiting for a passing train? Maybe, I am in training…..

Looking forward to my next circus!

Mark Twain circus quotes:

Mr. Roosevelt is the Tom Sawyer of the political world of the twentieth century; always showing off; always hunting for a chance to show off; in his frenzied imagination the Great Republic is a vast Barnum circus with him for a clown and the whole world for audience; he would go to Halifax for half a chance to show off and he would go to hell for a whole one. 

- Mark Twain in Eruption

Celebrity is what a boy or a youth longs for more than for any other thing. He would be a clown in a circus; he would be a pirate, he would sell himself to Satan, in order to attract attention and be talked about and envied. True, it is the same with every grown-up person; I am not meaning to confine this trait to the boys.

- Autobiography of Mark Twain

When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was, to be a steamboatman. We had transient ambitions of other sorts, but they were only transient. When a circus came and went, it left us all burning to become clowns; the first negro minstrel show that came to our section left us all suffering to try that kind of life; now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. These ambitions faded out, each in its turn; but the ambition to be a steamboatman always remained.

- Life on the Mississippi

Jumbo and Matthew ScottLINK to Jumbo

LINK to Story – “The Stolen White Elephant”

LINK to NY Times story about Jumbo and PT Barnum

Mark Twain Maxims and Much Much More

Mark Twain Logo

Samuel Langhorne Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain maxims are possibly the most daily quoted statements in the world. My Webster’s Ninth states a maxim is a general truth, fundamental principal, or rule of conduct, or a saying of proverbial nature.

The origin of the word goes back several centuries into the 1400’s or earlier. The word implies much and great. Every great orator across the globe and throughout eternity has used what we refer to as maxims. I’ve heard it pronounced ‘‘macks- im” and “max-sum” and they are often referred to as proverbs.

My W. Ninth states a proverb is a brief popular epigram or maxim: adage and also a byword. Every culture in the world has used these statements since Adam. In America we quote Lincoln, Franklin, famous celebrities from around the globe, on topics of every nature. Many of the maxims were collected and passed from generation to generation and would often be included in conversation to emphasize a topic. Hence, the origin of a maxim is often in question, “Who said it first?”

Mark Twain said, “Nothing was ever said originally before Adam, and we’re not too sure about that.”

Samuel Clemens worked for hours and even years, taking other peoples statements and trying to improve upon them. As a child he said that Benjamin Franklin’s quotes were force-fed to him in school, to be memorized, which he disliked, and made himself a promise that if he lived long enough, he’d have more original quotes and be quoted more than Benjamin Franklin. I believe he succeeded. Note: I actually think he liked Ben.

I often hear people quoting Mark Twain in the news and am certain they don’t realize it. This can be observed with people in every profession and work environment.

Sam said, “A maxim is a maximum amount of wisdom with a minimum amount of breath.”

There are many people who quote famous people and sayings; I will provide only Mark Twain maxims, quotes, and other Mark Twain material to enhance your imagination. I will provide source documentation. The material may be humorous, it may be sad, but it should engage the grey matter between your ears.

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Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.

- Mark Twain, a Biography

To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.

- Flyleaf of Following the Equator

Be good and you will be lonesome.

- Flyleaf of Following the Equator

It is the will of God that we must have critics, and missionaries, and congressmen, and humorists, and we must bear the burden.

 – Mark Twain’s Autobiography [1924 ed.]

God puts something good and something lovable in every man His hands create.

Mark Twain’s Speeches [1923 ed.], “The American Vandal”

Without the grace of God I could do nothing.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

No real gentleman will tell the naked truth in the presence of ladies.

- The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, Etc., “A Double-Barreled Detective Story”

…a good and wholesome thing is a little harmless fun in this world; it tones a body up and keeps him human and prevents him from souring.

-Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Mark Twain’s Notebook [1935 ed.]

None but the dead have free speech.

Mark Twain’s Notebook [1935 ed.]

Mark Twain: The World’s Friend

Mark Twain: The World’s Friend
By Warren Brown

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who later became known as Mark Twain, was born in 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Clemens’ parents were early settlers of Missouri. From the Lewis and Clark exploration of 1804 until the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s, Missouri was the gateway to America’s westward expansion. Much of who Mark Twain became can be attributed to the history and development of Missouri as part of the country’s western frontier.

When Clemens was age 4, his parents left his birthplace and moved to the Mississippi River town of Hannibal. This move became the catalyst of Clemens’ exposure to civilization, commerce, American expansion, riverboats, exploration, and the place where he would learn about human character. After his father’s death, Clemens quit school to work at a local newspaper and printing shop. He characterized this event as the moment his real education began because printers owned books and he was able to expand his knowledge while gathering news, setting type, composing and editing news, and learning a trade that would finance his travels.

As a young man, Clemens began a steamboat piloting apprenticeship program and became a steamboat pilot shortly before the Civil War started and river commerce ended. Clemens’ brother Orion was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to be secretary of the Nevada Territory. Sam and Orion left Hannibal in July 1861, and Clemens later said that Lincoln had affected his life more than any other man, despite having never met him. He later wrote about his travels across the Great Plains to the Nevada Territory in his book, Roughing It”, published in 1872.

Much of his writing stemmed from his travel experiences. After his time in the Nevada Territory, he served as a correspondent from the Sandwich Islands and his travelogues began to be printed in papers across America, giving Clemens the reputation needed to launch his lecture and literary career. From June to October 1867, he covered the Quaker City celebrity cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. This trip led to writing his most popular travel book, “Innocents Abroad”, and the meeting of his future brother-in-law, Charles Langdon. On Feb. 2, 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, known as Livy. She was well educated, his closest companion and best editor, and she gave Sam purpose.

Revenues Clemens received from book sales were spent on an expensive home in Connecticut, servants, travel, and some bad investments. Clemens’ publishing company was a primary source of funds for the invention of the Paige compositor, a type-setting machine, but due to complexity and cost, the compositor failed. On April 18, 1894, a bank called in its loans and the publishing firm was forced to file for bankruptcy. This immediately led Clemens to conduct a worldwide lecture tour to allow for full repayment to his creditors and investors.

Perhaps Mark Twain’s most important legacy is “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The book is world renowned as one of the finest examples of American literature. Originally banned because of the use of the vernacular, the book includes themes against slavery, questions social mores, demonstrates social injustices, questions conscience versus conformity, and flows with romance and the beauty of friendship, loyalty, mentoring, and the majesty of the Mississippi River.

One of the first Republicans in America, Clemens embraced the ideal of “Free Soil, Free Labor” that is at the heart of the 1862 homestead legislation. To him “free” was synonymous with hard work, sweat equity, and overcoming obstacles, including keeping our freedom. He was dazzled by the rapid transformation and birth and death of towns due to the progress of transportation, especially with the building of railroads and the rapid changing of America. He had particular interest in the railroad since it was the transportation improvement following the steamboat, where he got his start.

Clemens covered railroad news in the West and wove many clever railroad stories into short sketches. He incorporated railroad development into the theme of “The Gilded Age”, the novel he wrote with Charles Dudley Warner that satirized the greed and corruption that defined the post-Civil War era and gave the era its name. Like others in his time, Clemens was caught in a paradox when it came to his views on railroads. He consistently held a critical attitude toward the growing railroads and how they undermined the ideal of free labor and free land, but he still saw railroads as having great potential for the development of the United States and thus invested in them. For example, he wrote to expose the Credit Mobilier scandal, and yet had $81,000 of Union Pacific stock at the time of his death in 1910.

Mark Twain was a national voice of the time, and audiences around the world knew “The World’s Oldest Friend” would always engage their minds, sharing wit and wisdom in a friendly way. Audiences also were confident that he would follow his own directive to “always tell the truth to people who deserve it.” Since his death, Twain has remained a fixture of Anierican life through his noted works, and interest in him was peaked again in 2010 with the publication of the first volume of his official autobiography. Its release, according to Twain’s request, came 100 years after his death.

Time Travel

Portraying Mark Twain has provided Warren Brown with opportunities for jaunts to the past

Thursday, April 24, 2003 The Star
By Rena Fulka

Warren Brown is a man of opportunity and interaction.

A former corporate manager, he makes his living portraying 19th century storyteller and humorist Mark Twain.

Dressed in a white suit, seersucker vest and black bow tie, he steps into character for “Catch the Twain,” now seven years in the running.

“I’ve had so much fun with this,” says Brown, who put his one-man show together after several corporate layoffs.

“In talking to people as Mark Twain, I can start to think like the man.”
Mark Twain is a pen name for Samuel Clemens, author of 40,000 personal letters, numerous short stories and 17 novels, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

Time travel and utopian life were among the many subjects Clemens explored during the late 1800s in his works.

“Samuel Clemens impacted his world in his day,” Brown says.

“He spoke out against injustice and for women’s right to vote. And he spoke out against war.

“He was a student all the time, and he knew, through education, that anyone could accomplish whatever they wanted to accomplish.”

Brown prepared for his on-the-road Twain role by reading the bulk of Clemens’ writings. During his portrayals, he strives to bring a snippet of the past to his present-day audience.

And that’s exactly what he says he’d do if he could visit Clemens and other historic figures via time travel.

“I would come prepared with pre-thought-out questions, but I would not expect to stay back in time,” the literacy advocate says.

“I would visit to take the wisdom and knowledge and the things they had to say back home with me to explore and to write about.”

The Park Forest resident’s interactive travel list certainly is a lengthy one.

It includes Jesus Christ, Buddha and other great religious leaders. Mother Teresa. Albert Einstein. Abraham Lincoln and other great political leaders. And people from the very beginning of time.

If it were possible for him to board a time travel machine, Brown says he would make some stipulations of his own.

“I would like to think I could make a short journey on a daily basis, because I couldn’t displace my friends and my family,” says this father of three grown children.

“And it would be hard to leave if you couldn’t take those you love with you.”

Brown says daily jaunts to eras past might present learning experiences that go well beyond the tombs, and possibly provide lessons for the world at large.

And if he could, the South Side native with a degree in finance says he’d wish for a little magic as well.

“I like to think we could wave a magic wand and be cured of all our ills and evils,” he says.

“I always like to think that we’re striving to improve on civilization.”

Rena Fulka may be reached at (708) 802-8829 or
via e-mail at [email protected].

Interesting Mark Twain Facts

1) He crossed the Atlantic 30-times

2) He lived in the Nevada Territory for 4 years before it was a state, but was never in that state

3) In addition to being a friend of U.S. Grant, he publishes the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant in 1885 and paid Mrs. Grant $475,000 in royalties

4) He lived (at least for several months) in: Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Washington DC, and Hawaii.

5) Other notable friends include: Andrew Carnegie, Nicola Tesla, Rudyard Kipling, Carl Schurz

“Peace, happiness, and brotherhood… That is what the world wants.”
- Mark Twain

A Samuel Clemens Quiz

A Samuel Clemens Quiz from Warren Brown
a.k.a. Mark Twain

 

Which of the following did Mark Twain say was “one of the most exquisite books ever written”?

a: Don Quixote of La Mancha , b: Robinson Crusoe , c: A Tale of Two Cities , d: Jungle Book

Mark Twain’s first published story appeared in Carpet Bag in what year?

a: 1852, b: 1851, c: 1856, d: 1862

Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven was the last book that Mark Twain published during his lifetime in 1909. Mark Twain began writing this book in what year?

a: 1868, b: 1884, c: 1905, d: 1909

This posthumously published novel No.44, The Mysterious Stranger , also known as the Print Shop , is the final version that Mark Twain wrote and may be considered his last novel. It was first published in what year?

a: 1969, b: 1916, c: 1982, d: 1935

Which of the following is the last novel Mark Twain published in his lifetime?

a: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc , b: Pudd’nhead Wilson ,

c: Connecticut Yankee , d: Tom & Huck Among the Indians

Mark Twain personally knew many of the Presidents of the United States . Who of the following did Sam not meet?

a: Abraham Lincoln, b: Woodrow Wilson, c: Teddy Roosevelt, d: Franklin Roosevelt

Which of the following pseudonyms did Mark Twain not use?

a: Simon Wheeler, b: Josh, c: W. Ephaminondas Adrastus Perkins, d: Blab

Who of the following did Mark Twain not consider a close personal friend?

a. Winston Churchill, b: Helen Keller, c: Thomas Edison, d: P.T. Barnum

Which of the following Mark Twain stories was not anonymously published?

a. “A Dog’s Tale”, b: “A War Prayer”, c: 1601 , d: “Christian Citizenship”