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Mark Twain

1835 - 1910

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, essayist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. He was praised as the "greatest humorist the United States has produced," with William Faulkner calling him "the father of American literature." His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), with the latter often called the "Great American Novel." Twain also wrote A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) and Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), and co-wrote The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873) with Charles Dudley Warner. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mark Twain has received more than 16,128,683 page views. His biography is available in 154 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 150 in 2019). Mark Twain is the 46th most popular writer (down from 30th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from United States (down from 21st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Writer.

Mark Twain is most famous for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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  • 154

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  • 9.61

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  • 6.30

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Among writers, Mark Twain ranks 46 out of 5,755Before him are Denis Diderot, Friedrich Schiller, Lord Byron, Jane Austen, Aristophanes, and Euripides. After him are Simone de Beauvoir, Sappho, Octave Mirbeau, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Émile Zola.

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Among people born in 1835, Mark Twain ranks 1After him are Pope Pius X, Empress Dowager Cixi, Camille Saint-Saëns, Leopold II of Belgium, Cesare Lombroso, Adolf von Baeyer, Andrew Carnegie, César Cui, Henryk Wieniawski, Giovanni Schiaparelli, and Samuel Butler. Among people deceased in 1910, Mark Twain ranks 3Before him are Leo Tolstoy and Florence Nightingale. After him are Robert Koch, Henry Dunant, William James, Edward VII, Henri Rousseau, Nadar, O. Henry, Mily Balakirev, and Marius Petipa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mark Twain ranks 33 out of 18,182Before him are George Washington (1732), Walt Disney (1901), Aretha Franklin (1942), Martin Scorsese (1942), Al Pacino (1940), and Pocahontas (1595). After him are Cher (1946), Henry Ford (1863), Howard Hughes (1905), Bill Gates (1955), Robert De Niro (1943), and F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Mark Twain ranks 3Before him are Edgar Allan Poe (1809) and Ernest Hemingway (1899). After him are F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896), Jack London (1876), Robert Frost (1874), Toni Morrison (1931), Stephen King (1947), Henry David Thoreau (1817), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Dr. Seuss (1904), and William Faulkner (1897).