In 1870, married Olivia Langdon to Elmira. The couple settled in Connecticut where they will live 17 years. The couple will remain united for 34 years until the death of Olivia in 1904. They will have three daughters Susy, Clara and Jane.
In 1891, in financial difficulty, he decided to go live in Europe with his family, where life is cheaper and where he can work with less distractions. For nearly ten years, the family had different addresses in France (Aix-les-Bains), Germany (Heidelberg), Switzerland (Lausanne) and Italy (he lived at Villa Viviani near Florence).
From 1895 to 1896, in an attempt to improve his situation, he undertook with his family a world tour of lectures and courses, in Canada, British Columbia, Hawaii, Fiji, India, Australia, New Zealand , Ceylon, South Africa, makes a triumphant return to England in 1896.
His life was rich in adventures. A great traveler throughout the world, he brought back a work whose influence was considerable. He was obviously inspired by his own existence to feed his fiction.
Ernest Hemingway will say of him: "All American modern literature was born from a book by Mark Twain:" Huckleberry Finn. "The story features a runaway boy and a fugitive Black slave.
He met various personalities: Lewis Caroll, Rudyard Kipling, Kaiser William II, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary, Winston Churchill and President Theodore Roosevelt .
- In 1876 Mark TWAIN published the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, first in England and then in the United States.
Tom Sawyer is a child living in a village in the Southern United States with the imaginary name: St. Petersburg. Orphaned, he lives with his aunt Polly, his half-brother Sid and his cousin Mary. His aunt has a good heart and remorse both to punish and not to punish his nonsense. Sid is a model boy always available to denounce the incarcerations of Tom. Mary, probably a little older, is the only one who has any influence over Tom.
Tom Sawyer steals jams, skips school and escapes when we want to punish him. He is fighting with a newcomer, too well dressed. Obliged on Saturday to baste the fence, he manages to convince his friends that it's exciting and makes them do the work for him. "He had discovered, without suspecting it, a great social law: in order to induce men to covet something, it is enough to make them believe that the thing is difficult to achieve. "
Tom and his friend Huck went to the cemetery at night, because that's where a dead cat can be useful to cure warts. They attend the abduction of a corpse for Dr. Robinson. It follows, an argument, Muff Potter is knocked out, and Joe the Indian kills the doctor with the Muff knife. He arranges the scene to make Muff, who had been drinking, believe that it was he who killed the doctor. Muff was immediately arrested and Joe the Indian told his false version of the assassination. Tom, at the trial is remorseful and does not want to condemn Potter. He tells everything to the lawyer who exonerated Muff. Joe, the Indian, escapes from the court.
Tom Sawyer has become a familiar and popular figure, a model of the freedom of childhood.
Many adaptations for the cinema have been made as well as translations in all languages.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.
Date of Birth:November 30, 1835
Date of Death:April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:Redding, Connecticut