Mark Twain
#76 Overall Influence

Mark Twain

American author and humorist


Why is this person notable and influential?

From Wikipedia

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".

Source: Wikipedia

Published Works

Other Resources

Bright Notes Cover for A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Amazon Buy Now button For: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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..

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#15 World Rank
#16 World Rank
#38 World Rank

Stay informed! Get the latest Academic Influence news, information, and rankings with our upcoming newsletter.