Samuel Clemens Works
"Heaven and Hell and sunset and rainbows and the aurora all fused into on
divine harmony . . . " It is by the goodness of God that in out country we
have those three unspeakable precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of
conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. Samuel Clemens\'
profound response to beauty was immediately and untrammeled-the beauty of
nature, for which no special training is necessary for appreciation. The quote
above supports the idea that Samuel Clemens was a literary artist, possibly

America\'s greatest. Yet, he was definitely not just a writer. He wrote many
novels that became American classics. Many of Clemens\' greatest works were based
on his own personal experiences as a young man on the Mississippi River, and
through theses writing he established a place for himself in the classics of

American literature. To this day, Samuel Langhorne Clemens is, without a doubt,

America\'s most picturesque literary figure. Perhaps a part of his appeal to the
mass imagination lies in the fact that he himself became the embodiment of
literature throughout his and the rest of time. The mastery of his literary
oeuvres has surpassed the conventional cascade of literature since the 1800\'s.

Samuel Clemens will be, forevermore, the epitome of the literary world.

Throughout his life, Samuel Clemens maintained an engaging and infectiously
boyish enthusiasm that led his wife to nickname him "Youth." Unlike
most men, Samuel Clemens never did renounce his boyhood; he carried with him
into maturity miraculously preserved and vibrant memories of his early and
middle adolescence, and it was through these memories that he filtered his adult
experience. At the age of fifty-five, he wrote to an unknown correspondent:
"And yet I can\'t go away from the boyhood period and write novels because
capital is not sufficient by itself and I lack the other essential: interest in
handling the men and experiences of later times," (Bellamy, Mark Twain as a

Literary Artist, 16). On this circumstance, he founded an enviable fame and
fortune and an enduring artistic achievement. (Bellamy, 17) Although the
splendid moment of his fame is still prolonged and extends immeasurably far into
the future, that fame was only a small part of his power. There was something
about him that moves people who knew nothing of his renown, who did not even
know who he was. Samuel Clemens\' personality was of a sort that compelled those
about him so strongly that wherever he went, he seemed a being from another
planet, a visitant from some remote star. Biography Born in Florida, Missouri,
on November 30, 1835, "Little Sam" was "a wild-headed, impetuous
child of sudden ecstasies," who was constantly running away in the
direction of the river and, as he later wrote, was "drowned nine times in

Bear Creek and was suspected of being a cat in disguise"; a vividly
imaginative child, who loved the companionship of the good-natured slave and
visited the Negro quarters beyond the orchard as a place of ineffable
enchantment; a child whose sympathy included all inanimate things; a child who
"pitied the dead leaf and the murmuring dried weed of

November"(Bellamy, 4-7). In many, if not all, of his novels, short stories,
and other works, Samuel Langhorne Clemens\' personal life experiences reflect
heavily on his writing plots. Stories such as The Notorious Jumping From of

Calaveras County, Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the

Mississippi, AConnecticut Yankee in King Arthur\'s Court, and Adventures of

Huckleberry Finnhave all been closely related to some of the adventurous,
dangerous, and childish experiences in Clemens\' own life. As a young man, he
developed a troublesome cussedness that distinguished his as a child from his
elder and younger brother, Orion and Henry. His mischievousness led to a series
of escapades: several times nearly drowning, purposefully contracting measles,
smoking, rolling rocks down a hill before church-bound carriages, and running
away from home. Clemens and his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a port on
the Mississippi River, when Samuel was four years old. There, he received a
pubic school education. After the death of his father in 1847, Clemens was
apprenticed to two Hannibal printers, and in 1851 he began setting type for and
contributing sketches to his brother Orion\'s Hannibal Journal. He contributed
reports, poems, and humorous sketches to the Journal for several years. (Baldanza,

Mark Twain, Intro. & Interpretation, 2) In 1857, at 22 years old, Clemens
made plans to travel to South America, and in April of that year, he started
down the Mississippi River toward New Orleans. In a change of plans, instead of
traveling to South America, he persuaded a