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G.K. Chesterton once wrote “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity,” and that quote remains true today. The world would be a much different place without the great works produced by the likes of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, nor would it be the same without more contemporary writers like Tolkien, Lewis, or even Stephen King. People like stories, and without the G.K. Chesterton once wrote “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity,” and that quote remains true today. The world would be a much different place without the great works produced by the likes of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, nor would it be the same without more contemporary writers like Tolkien, Lewis, or even Stephen King. People like stories, and without them, generations of scientific and philosophical advancement would not have been possible. But it was not until the rise of novel, helped by the spread of the electric light, that people truly fell in love with books. No single writer is solely responsible for it, but one particular name rests near the top of the list of pioneering novelists: Mark Twain. His books provided entertainment and education for generations, and without his contributions, many other writers may have never put pen to paper in the first place. Though his place in history and literature is clear, the actual details of his life are occasionally cloudy. The extraordinary fiction writer often applied his fantastic storytelling abilities to recollections of his past. Nor is this a secret; he openly admitted that he embellished well, and embellished often. Half of the time he related a memory, he did so with a wink and a nod, implying that some of what he said should be taken with a few grains of salt. Even his own autobiography, published a century after his death, contains contradictions. Separating fact from fiction where Mark Twain is concerned is difficult, but is a worthy pursuit. The truth of his life is every bit as interesting and fantastic as his own stories. Equal parts academic and adventurer, a kindred spirit to men like Ernest Hemmingway, Twain suffered through poverty and basked in riches, enjoyed fame and endured ridicule, and lived as a raucous bachelor and tamed family man. What follows is an account of Mark Twain’s life, as near to the truth as is possible to ascertain. Buy Now and Read The True Story of Mark Twain...


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G.K. Chesterton once wrote “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity,” and that quote remains true today. The world would be a much different place without the great works produced by the likes of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, nor would it be the same without more contemporary writers like Tolkien, Lewis, or even Stephen King. People like stories, and without the G.K. Chesterton once wrote “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity,” and that quote remains true today. The world would be a much different place without the great works produced by the likes of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, nor would it be the same without more contemporary writers like Tolkien, Lewis, or even Stephen King. People like stories, and without them, generations of scientific and philosophical advancement would not have been possible. But it was not until the rise of novel, helped by the spread of the electric light, that people truly fell in love with books. No single writer is solely responsible for it, but one particular name rests near the top of the list of pioneering novelists: Mark Twain. His books provided entertainment and education for generations, and without his contributions, many other writers may have never put pen to paper in the first place. Though his place in history and literature is clear, the actual details of his life are occasionally cloudy. The extraordinary fiction writer often applied his fantastic storytelling abilities to recollections of his past. Nor is this a secret; he openly admitted that he embellished well, and embellished often. Half of the time he related a memory, he did so with a wink and a nod, implying that some of what he said should be taken with a few grains of salt. Even his own autobiography, published a century after his death, contains contradictions. Separating fact from fiction where Mark Twain is concerned is difficult, but is a worthy pursuit. The truth of his life is every bit as interesting and fantastic as his own stories. Equal parts academic and adventurer, a kindred spirit to men like Ernest Hemmingway, Twain suffered through poverty and basked in riches, enjoyed fame and endured ridicule, and lived as a raucous bachelor and tamed family man. What follows is an account of Mark Twain’s life, as near to the truth as is possible to ascertain. Buy Now and Read The True Story of Mark Twain...

30 review for Mark Twain: The True Story of Mark Twain (Historical Biographies of Famous People)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Barrett

    4 stars I had forgotten how humorous Mark Twain was. This was an enjoyable biography as many of Mr. Train's anecdotes were included and a very good portrait was painted of his life. Well written and well edited. I highly recommended this book. 4 stars I had forgotten how humorous Mark Twain was. This was an enjoyable biography as many of Mr. Train's anecdotes were included and a very good portrait was painted of his life. Well written and well edited. I highly recommended this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald Krug

    Amazing man Great read snd I never realized how many ups and downs he had in his lifetime. I didn’t know how many of his children pre-deceased him.

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    Why does kindle force a review? Very poor! Kindle is lame. And to require a 20 word review? Very very very very very poor! Very very very very

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