Mark Twain Mark Twain is probably the greatest American author to ever live. Hisstyle of writing changed the world forever. Before Mark Twain everyone wrote onserious topics. Twain was the first American to write comedys. People liked himbecause never bofore had their been an author who actually could make the readerlaugh. Many people wonder how Mark Twian has become the greatest Americanauthor. Dr. Elliot Engle says Englands best writer, William Shakesphere, wroteover thirty-five wonderful plays. Mark Twain wrote only seven stories. Most ofhis stories are about kids. The one story that makes Mark Twain such a greatauthor is the “immortal Huckleberry Finn.” Dr. engle claims that this bookwill always be an American classic. Mark Twain was born 1835 in a small Missouritown called Hannibal. His birth name was Sammuel Langhorne Clemens. He used thename Mark Twain during his professional carrer. “Twain drew on his boyhoodalong the Mississippi River for many of the characters and incidents in hiswork.”(Benets) It was obvious that Twain did not like his home state forMissouri. Once he left, “He never returned”(Dr. Engle). Engle also says thathe called his home state “Misery”, instesd of Missouri. During hischildhood, Twains family was not very rich. His father was an unsuccssfullawyer from Virgina. Mark Twains days in school did not last very long becausehe dropped out. The first job that Twain got was working for the newspaper inHannibal. This job was the worst in the town(DR. Engle). Every mourning he hadto wake up at 4:30 to be at work by 5:00. When he got to work he had to chopwood to warm-up the office, wake the editor, cook the editors breakfast, pick-upthe editors mess, and finally mop the floors. This was the eaisest part of hisjob. Hannibal did not have a typewriter to type the words onto the paper with,so Twain had to stamp every letter onto the paper. He never could find theletter he was looking for because the drunk janitor,who woked their, always wasstamps in the wrong spot. So before every letter he put on the paper, Twainwould have to look to make sure it was the correct one.