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4 things you did not know about Mark Twain

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Mark Twain (author of books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) is considered by many to be the father of American literature.

But here are a few facts that you did not know about him:

1. Mark Twain is not his real name

His real name was Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain was a pseudonym that he had taken on.

The interesting part is, he was not the first person to use this pseudonym. It had been used by a renowned riverboat pilot, Isaiah Sellers.

When Clemens was falsely informed at one point of time that Sellers had died, he adopted the name, Mark Twain.

However, the first pseudonym that he used was W. Epaminondas Adrastus Perkins.

2. He was a tech freak

Mark Twain was quite the tech freak back in the days. According to Twain, he was the first person ever to use a telephone in his house.

Also, apparently he was the first person to write a novel using the typewriter.

3. His tell-all autobiography was published 100 years after he died

His autobiography was published in 2010, exactly 100 years after his death. This was done as per Twain’s own wishes, since he wanted his autobiography to be completely frank and he also used the actual names of the people who he has talked about.

4. The same comet was sighted when he was born and died

Twain was born on November 30, 1835, the same day when Halley’s Comet was visible by the naked eye.

According to him the coming of the comet was a premonition of his death, and it came again at the time of his demise.

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