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Mark Twain

1835 - 1910
Mark Twain is the pen name of the American journalist, humorist, lecturer and novelist Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He is best known for his book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A son of the Frontier, he has overcome the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular figure and one of America’s best and most beloved writer.
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Chapter I
My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian. This is what my mother told me, I do not know these nice distinctions myself. To me they are only fine large ... [+]

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Consider that a conversation by telephone--when you are simply sitting by and not taking any part in that conversation--is one of the solemnest curiosities of modern life. Yesterday I was writing a ... [+]

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All things change except barbers, the ways of barbers, and the surroundings of barbers. These never change. What one experiences in a barber's shop the first time he enters one is what he always ... [+]

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Some one has revealed to the TRIBUNE that I once suggested to Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, of Elmira, New York, that we get up a monument to Adam, and that Mr. Beecher favored the project. There is more to... [+]

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In compliance with the request of a friend of mine, who wrote me from the East, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Simon Wheeler, and inquired after my friend's friend, Leonidas W. Smiley, as ... [+]