Posts Tagged ‘American author’

November 30, 1835 was the birth date of Samuel L. Clemens, known by most by his “writing name” – Mark Twain.

He was a favorite author of mine as a younger reader, and continues to be one of the writers I revisit on a regular basis. In my mind’s eye, I picture the episode in Tom Sawyer where Tom feeds Aunt Polly’s cat some medicine – and I still laugh out loud! And though the book has become controversial due to its language, I’ve always felt the complicate portraits of Huck and Jim and questions put forth about slavery in Huckleberry Finn make it a must-read book.

I had the pleasure of visiting Hannibal, Missouri this year and seeing many of the locations made famous by Mark Twain’s books. The town was charming, and its museum on Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain fascinating.

I think Mark Twain deserves the label “Father of American Literature” which is often attached to this son of Florida, Missouri.

For more information, here’s the link to a video about his life.

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 Edith Wharton American author, Edith Wharton, wrote The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. My favorite Wharton quote is: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

I like to think of the sun as the candle and the moon as the mirror – each spreads light, but how much more mysterious and magical is moonlight. Another way of looking at this quote is to think of the light as the written word – writers and readers alike can share the wonder of books with others.


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Ernest Hemingway American author and Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Ernest Hemingway, wrote The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. One of my favorite Hemingway quotes: “All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.”

I love this comment on the difference between “truth” and “facts” for in the hands of a good writer, even the most outrageous fantasy can ring truer than a factual account.

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