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        Mark Twain: Ken Burns: Mark Twain

        View images of author Mark Twain in his signature white suit. Mark Twain is the penname of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who was born in 1836 in Missouri. Twain is a celebrated American writer and humorist, often referred to as the father of American literature. A former steamboat captain, Twain’s depiction of life along the Mississippi in novels such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn made him a beloved American figure and a celebrity. His insightful humor and commentary, fiction and nonfiction writing, based on his travels and lecture series, garnered him international fame. Twain died in 1910. 

        Mark Twain and His Friend, John Lewis | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

        Samuel Clemens and John T. Lewis (an elderly African American man), seated on the steps of a porch, 1903. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Portrait of Mark Twain, 1907 | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

        Portrait of Mark Twain, 1907. Photo credit: A.F. Bradley. Source: The Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut.

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        Mark Twain at His Desk | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

        Mark Twain at his desk, ca. 1884. Source: The Mark Twain Project, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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        Mark Twain in His Signature White Suit | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

        Mark Twain at his writing desk in his study at Quarry Farm, Elmira, New York, 1874. Source: Elmira College, The Center for Mark Twain Studies.

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