Paine, Albert Bigelow.
Twain is remembered as a great chronicler of American life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. As time passed his business ventures were not successful and his publishing house went bankrupt.
One measure of his character is a proneness to deceit, which seems instinctive, a trait shared by other wild things and relating him to nature—in opposition to Tom's tradition-grounded, book-learned, imaginative deceptions.
Clemens was eleven years old when his lawyer father died. Twain's next work drew on his experiences on the Mississippi River. During the next decade, Clemens would suffer the loss of his wife, Livy, in and his second daughter, Jean, in His brother Pleasant Hannibal died at three weeks of age.
Then, inthe Society purchased the fine Mark Twain library of books, over 1, cartoons, and clippings collected by Purd B. Twain studied the Mississippi, learning its landmarks, how to navigate its currents effectively, and how to read the river and its constantly shifting channels, reefs, submerged snags, and rocks that would "tear the life out of the strongest vessel that ever floated".
He gave his first public lecture in October and embarked on a lecture tour in the western states to make money and promote his career. Jane Lampton Clemens June 18, — October 27, He went into bouts of depression that he tried to overcome by smoking cigars, reading in bed and by playing billiards and cards.