Birth Family John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens
Marriage/Spouse Olivia Langdon Clemens
Children 4 children: Langdon, Susy, Clara, Jean
Education Twain educated himself by spending time in public libraries in the evening
Career American author, lecturer and humorist
Reason for Fame Twain is most famous for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called “the Great American Novel” and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Additional Information Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. At age 22, he took a voyage to New Orleans down the Mississippi and was inspired to pursuer a career as a steamboat pilot. Twain studied the 2,000 miles of the Mississippi for more than two years before he received his steamboat pilot license. Upon his death, he was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age, and was called by William Faulkner “ the father of American literature.”