MARK TWAIN, writer and humorist

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cover new england

This is an extract of my article, with small photos. You will find the complete article with full-sized photos in my e-book View America: New England

In the travel series View America, this book describes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Each state is described with its own brief historical background and its main sights, points of interest and tourist attractions.

It is not a traditional travel story, but a non-commercial and more or less objective chronicle of an in-depth exploration of these states. My book does not describe lodgings, restaurants or entertainment, except where these may interact with the narrative. It is illustrated with more than 100 full-sized photos.

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Young Mark Twain

Mark TwainMark Twain is the pseudonym for Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), an American writer and humorist. His work provides a comprehensive and often irreverent humor, sometimes accompanied by razor-sharp satire.

He was born in Florida, Missouri, in a very humble family, and by coincidence, on the day of his birth, Halley's comet was visible, appearing only once every 76 years.

After the death of his father, he began working in a printing company, at the age of twelve. His subsequent years were quite adventurous, with a succession of many jobs in many states. For instance, he worked as typesetter and printer in Keokuk (Iowa), New York City, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and still other cities.

From 1857 to 1861 he was first mate on a Mississippi steamboat. From this period stems his pseudonym Mark Twain. The sailors often gauged the water depth in the river and then called in "Mark" and a number, which meant the depth on their log line. "Twain" meant "safe", and so Mark Twain actually means "two fathoms" or "safe depth" !

In 1910 Mark Twain passed away, and again Halley's Comet appeared in the sky...

Video : The wisdom of Mark Twain

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