Name: Professor: Course: Date: Mark Twain: Father of American Literature Barrack Obama has used Mark Twain quotes numerous times in his political career to lift his oratory skills to where they are. Presidents from Roosevelt to George W. Bush have paid tribute to the great writer and thinker. Up to today Twain’s books are a staple of literary education. It is clear that Mark Twain was not just an American writer; he was THE American writer. He was proud of his heritage loud about it and knew how to create a persona. He was also uniquely American in the way he tackled social issues. The paper aggregates all these reasons to show that Twain had more influence on American literature than anyone else. Patriotism At the time Mark Twain was beginning to write authorship was the preserve of the aristocrats. They were the ones with the education and opportunity free (Greenblatt 1). As mentioned he was a man of intrigue and so was the nation at the time. His views were and still are representative of the American psyche and that makes Twain patently American. Conclusion Mark Twain can be considered the pre-eminent American author due to his embrace of his new country and its mannerism. He proclaimed his American status and branded himself accordingly. His literature and persona are perfect representations of what America was is and will be. Works Cited Budd Louis J. Mark Twain: social philosopher. Vol. 1. University of Missouri Press 2001.Greenblat Alan. Why Mark Twain Still Matters. NPR. www.npr.org Howells W. D. (1999). My Mark Twain: Reminiscences and Criticisms. LSU Press.Kaplan Justin. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography. Simon and Schuster 2008.Twain Mark and Charles Dudley Warner. Pudd'nhead Wilson. Vol. 9. Harper 1903.Twain Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Macmillan Education UK 1995. [...]
Discuss why you believe Mark Twain had the most significant influence on American literary history. Please be sure to maintain third person perspective. Your essays should be in MLA Style and approximately 1900-1950 words, not including the Work(s) Cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your). In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don't forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.