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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Like his character Huck Finn, Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) grew up in Missouri near the Mississippi River. As an adult, he was a steamboat pilot, a Confederate soldier, and a prospector. After failing to find gold, he launched a new career as a humorist with short newpaper pieces and witty public lectures. Twain then published humorous stories and novels that incorporated American colloquial speech and satirized human failings. His works instantly became popular and remain popular today.

Ever The Twain Shall Meet http://users.telerama.com/ ~joseph/ mtwain.html
"Ever The Twain Shall Meet" is dedicated to making Twain's works available on the Web. This page offers many of Twain's novels and short stories as well as links to other sites dedicated to Twain.

Mark Twain in His Times http://etext.virginia.edu/ railton/
A creative site—an "electronic archive" —that explores the full potential of the electronic medium. Includes games and interactive exhibits. Maintained by the Department of English of the University of Virginia.

The Mark Twain Papers and Project http://library.berkeley.edu/ BANC/ MTP/
A wealth of resources and an online exhibit. Maintained by the University of California at Berkeley.

The Center for Mark Twain Studies http://www.elmira.edu/ academics/ distinctive_programs/ twain_center
The Center for Mark Twain Studies was established in 1983 with a mission to foster the understanding of Mark Twain's place in American literature and his influence on American culture. Maintained by Elmira College.

The Quotable Mark Twain http://salwen.com/ mtquotes.html
A collection of notable quotations.

Twain Web http://web.mit.edu/ linguistics/ www/ forum/ twainweb.html
The Twain Web is a service of the Mark Twain Forum, an online newsletter. Maintained by MIT, this site includes a variety of resources, including a photo gallery.