Do you still remember the passage, “the magic power of money”, in your Chinese book when you are a primary school student in grade 5? I believe every Chinese people knew about Mark twin since they were just a kid, unless the people didn’t finish their education of primary school.
Because the text “the magic power of money” was from “Million Pound note”, one of Mark’s main works.
Mark Twain is one of the most famous writers in America history. He was an American author and humorist in 19th century. It’s only a pen
name that Mark twain which was well known around the world, while his real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. People called him as “the greatest American humorist of his age", and “the father of American literature”.
Mark Twin’s lifetime was kind of legendary. In the year of 1835 that Halley’s Comet visiting earth, a talent baby was born in a poor family in Florida on November 30. His father was a lawyer and had to work hard to support this big family. But unfortunately, his family members still passed away one by one. Until the year of 1847 his father was died, Mark lost his parents when he was 11 years old. Then Mark had changed several works and became a journalist in the year of 1864. He was married in 1870. After a time of great brief, from 1896 to 1904, because of the death of his wife and daughter, Mark was died of heart attack on April 21, 1910, just 4
days after Halley’s Comet visited earth again.
Mark Twain’s contribution in American literature was so great that people called him as “Lincoln in American literature”. He was brilliancy representative of American critical realism in 19th century. He putted his humor, ironic and exaggeration into works to critic the diseases of American society, e.g. race discrimination, Mormonism, feudal autocracy, and Expansionist aggression, etc, and express his desire of real democracy and liberty.
Mark Twain’s main works are
Million Pound note(A short story describe how a poor guy become
rich with a check that two rich men make a bet to him and give him and exposure the Mormonism during that time.)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer(This novel was published in 1876. The
protagonist is a boy, who is full of dream and spirit of adventure, couldn’t
endure the boring life and desire to do some heroic things. Through the adventure of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain criticized the stiffness of education, banal culture custom and dogmatism.)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(As a companion piece to
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this fiction satirized the race discrimination and pseudo-democracy through the story of Huckleberry Finn and a black slave Jim.)