Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

Today would have been Mark Twain’s 174th birthday. Born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, Samuel Clemens, known to the world as Mark Twain, is widely considered one of the greatest American authors. Besides his talents as a writer, Mark Twain is also known for his wit. In a letter to Edward Dimmitt written on July 19, 1901,Twain said of aging, “Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.” Mark Twain lived to be 74, passing away on April 21, 1910. For more information on Twain’s life and career, take a look at the Library of Congress site.

To read some of Twain’s works for free, visit Project Guttenberg. The electronic book database has many works available for free download, including many of Twain’s books. (the project offers works with expired copyrights for free)

Twain spent his later years at a home called Stormfield in Redding, Connecticut. Thomas Edison made a silent film of him at his home in Redding in 1909. It’s only a little over a minute long, but its still cool to see Twain walking around in his legendary white suit while smoking cigars.

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