Class Notes, Mark Twain



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Class Notes, Mark Twain

“Mark Twain was a __________ __________and keeper of scrapbooks. He took them with him everywhere and filled them with souvenirs, pictures, and articles about his books and performances.

But in time, he grew tired of the __________, ____________________, and the swearing that resulted from the standard scrapbook process. So, he came up with the idea of __________ thin strips of glue on the pages to make updates neat and easy to do.

In 1872, he patented his “self-pasting” __________, and by 1901, at least 57 different types of his albums were available. It would be his only invention that ever made money.”


Inspired by his __________ of the __________, this electronic scrapbook records information about probably the most famous and beloved humorist, __________, and __________ in American history and illustrates some of Mark Twain’s quotations about every aspect of our lives.
As a young man Twain worked as a __________ pilot on the __________ River. When he started his writing career, Samuel Clemens adopted the name “Mark Twain,” which meant two fathoms, a safe depth for a riverboat.
In 1861, Samuel Clemens avoided the brewing __________ by going west. He took his first writing job as reporter at the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.
Serious news was often mixed with “reports” that had to be taken with a grain of __________. Soon, he began using the name __________ __________ and affixing it to sketches, reportage, and an occasional hoax. It was a time when he first discovered his talent, his calling, and his voice.
At __________ years of age he married __________ Langdon Clemens. She was the daughter of a New York coal __________, a member of the country’s wealthy elite. She would be partner, editor, and fellow traveler in success and failure for the next thirty-five years. She would also furnish him her family’s home in Elmira, New York, a place where he visited often and wrote many of his best-loved books.
Though his most famous novel is __________ for being racist, Mark Twain never expected nor intended the __________ that arose with the publication of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain was not racist, but depicted life in his times.

“I vividly remember seeing a dozen black men and women chained to one another, once, and lying in a group on the __________, awaiting shipment to the Southern slave market. Those were the __________ faces I have ever seen.”– Mark Twain


"I have no ____________________ nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a ____________________, and that is enough for me; he can't be any worse."
By 1900 Twain had become America’s __________ __________. He was invited to attend ship launchings, anniversary gatherings, political conventions, and countless dinners. __________ met him at every port of call, anxious to print a new quip from the famous humorist. To enhance his image, he took to wearing white suits and loved to stroll down the street and see people staring at him.
In time, the Clemens home became a revolving door for the __________ __________of the day: Howells, Sherman, Cable, Harte, and others. But it also saw Clemens involve himself in fanciful investment schemes that led to his bankruptcy—and eventual departure.
Because of __________ problems, Clemens lived in Europe from 1891-1901, but this was neither his first nor last trip abroad. In fact, he was an __________ traveler. From the age of 17 to the last few weeks of his life he was always discovering new places and revisiting old. He __________ the Atlantic more than a dozen times and also saw Turkey, Palestine, Hawaii, Australia, India, and South Africa.
He developed as a speaker and traveled on lecture circuits, much in demand. His early performances combined humor, information and eloquence in measures that delighted most people.
When he died on April 21, 1910, newspapers around the country declared, “The whole world is __________.” By then, Sam Clemens had long since ceased to be a private citizen. He had become Mark Twain, a proud possession of the American nation.

“I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself.”—Mark Twain


“I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."
Mark Twain was one of the great artists of all time. He was and is one authentic giant of our national literature.
Twain's quotes and humor are as popular today as at any time in American history. 


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