Mark Twain

What types of things did Mark Twain generally write about?

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April 27, 2007 4:09AM

I'd have to say it would be generally the times of his life. He

travelled to California during the gold rush and wrote about that

as well as several tall tales (Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County).

Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were based on his Mississippi River

days--he had quite a gift for dialect. He went to the middle east,

traveling across the Suez Canal from Egypt to Jerusalem (Roughing

It). A lot of his fiction was commentary--A Connecticut Yankee in

King Arthur's Court is entertaining on the surface, more serious

below. Same with Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After his wife

and children died, he became embittered, and there are some

writings about Satan. I'm not sure about the timeline of his

writings, but he was writing in the late 1800s. There is also a

website that includes a lot of his quotations:

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