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Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was one of the most prolific writers to ever live. He spoke best about the American experience through is unique literary voice and through his classic writing techniques.

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Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was one of the most prolific writers to ever live. He spoke best about the American experience through is unique literary voice and through his classic writing techniques. His humorous writing tone, accomplished by over exaggeration, helped him become one of the finest American fiction writers of his time. Not only was he a popular writer, but he was a staunch supporter of abolition, anti-racism, and woman's rights. Regional dialect and slang were just a few of his techniques used in capturing the local color of the United States. His unique writing style and his involvement in human rights activism helped win his way into the hearts of thousands. Twain, from a river town called Hannibal, was no stranger to the ways of the country and river. Quite often his stories were based on his own experiences in this setting. ...read more.

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In the story "Life on the Mississippi," he writes of the life in a small town on the Mississippi where steamboats passed and little boys dreamed. Despite just being written about a small average American town, there was so much truth revealed within it as it represented the American experience. He traveled throughout America experiencing much of the country, the life and the people, and writing things down as he went along. He used many of those experiences as the basis for his stories. Since they were based on truth, spoke of America, and included humor, they were a great success and still stand as American classics today. Mark Twain, spoke about what it was to be an American, he gave stories like "Huckleberry Finn" which captured the idea of what it was and is to be an American boy. ...read more.

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(Geismar 98) Despite great opposition, Twain was also a major supporter of woman's rights. On January 20, 1901, he made a famous speech called "Votes for Women." In this speech, Twain spoke out for women's full enfranchisement in the electoral process and predicted that within twenty-five years, they would have the ballot. (Clemens) His avid support for such controversial issues at the time only adds to his importance as an American writer. Whether you are familiar with some of Twains stories or not, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest American fiction writers to ever live. Classics such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn will continue to be read for many years. Mark Twain's success in writing came due to the fact that he wrote of the truths and tribulations of a country, using humor and narration to captivate audiences. Those stories are the quintessential image of what it is to be an American. ...read more.

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