Mark Twain
#39 Overall Influence

Mark Twain

American author and humorist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens , known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist [the United States] has produced”, and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature”. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , the latter often called “The Great American Novel”.

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Bright Notes Study Guide to select works by Mark Twain
  • Study Guide: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

    Writer and critic William Dean Howells claimed this was Mark Twain’s best work and an object-lesson in democracy. Written in 1889, the book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur. Various editions are available at Amazon.

    Bright Notes are comprehensive study guides exploring the characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes of important literary works. Each guide also includes essay questions and answers, test prep materials, and topics for further research.

  • Study Guide: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Though originally a commercial failure, Tom Sawyer has been long-considered an American literary masterpiece. It was Twain’s first attempt to write a novel, and reportedly one of the first novels known to be fully written on a typewriter. Written in 1876 and set in the fictional town of an 1840s St. Petersburg — resembling Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s childhood home. The book reflects the racist sentiments of Twain’s day owing to the use of racial epithets for Blacks and a caricature of Native Americans in Injun Joe..

Notable Works

What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • Letters from Hawaii
  • Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup
  • King Leopold's Soliloquy
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
  • The Recent Great French Duel
  • The Mysterious Stranger
  • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • A Tramp Abroad
  • Old Times on the Mississippi
  • The War Prayer
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • The American Claimant
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Merry Tales
  • My Platonic Sweetheart
  • The Facts in the Case of the Great Beef Contract
  • Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning
  • A Dog's Tale
  • Hellfire Hotchkiss
  • Sketches New and Old
  • Running for Governor
  • Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses
  • About Barbers
  • Tom Sawyer Abroad
  • Extracts from Adam’s Diary
  • Jap Herron
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
  • The Jumping Frog
  • Journalism in Tennessee
  • Is Shakespeare Dead?
  • The Million Pound Bank Note
  • A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage
  • Mark Twain's Library of Humor
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Concerning the Jews
  • The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • Roughing It
  • Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance
  • 1601
  • The Innocents Abroad
  • Following the Equator
  • A Horse's Tale
  • The Great Revolution in Pitcairn
  • Tom Sawyer, Detective
  • Americans and the English
  • The Awful German Language
  • The Mysterious Stranger and other stories
  • A Double Barrelled Detective Story
  • Life on the Mississippi
  • A Burlesque Biography
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays
  • Eve's Diary
  • The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
  • What Is Man?
  • My Watch
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#12 World Rank #4 USA Rank
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