Was It Me, Or Was It Him?(An Interview With Mark Twain)

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I love Mark Twain, his intellect, sense of humor, and his writing. I grew up with stories such as Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He is one of my literary heroes, and I'd like to share a little of the great man with you in this hub.

This has been a real trial and error. I have been attempting to get this hub published for days now and it has repeatedly been declined due to "duplication". I had to delete almost half the content unfortunately, which was mainly his wonderful quotes, but also the coincidence of Halley's Comet and his birthday. Anyway the main basis of the hub still remains, 'The Interview'. Now it says this hub is 'Certified Original' and has been granted an exemption. Wow, sounds extra special now.

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Samuel L Clemmens was born on November 30, 1835 in ,Florida, Missouri and wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. He became one of the most loved and influential authors in America and wrote several novels, including two major literary classics, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Other major works included The Innocents Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court.Twain also wrote a study of Joan of Arc.

During his life he worked as a riverboat captain, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur, inventor, and cat lover. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut.

  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

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A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.

Mark Twain

A Press Interview.

A press interview was being held in Samuel L Clemens' (Mark Twain's) home. Seeking information, the interviewer asked the following questions. (This is an example of Twain's famous sense of humor and wit.)

Q. Who is this a picture of on the wall? Isn't that a brother of yours?

A. Oh! Yes, yes, yes! Now you remind me of it; that was a brother of mine. That's William - Bill we called him. Poor old Bill!

Q. Why? Is he dead then?

A. Ah! Well, I suppose so. We never could tell. There was a great mystery about it.

Q. That is sad, very sad. He disappeared then?

A. Well, yes, in a sort of general way. We buried him.

Q. Buried Him! Buried Him, without knowing whether he was dead or not?

A. Oh no! Not that. He was dead enough.

Q. Well, I confess that I can't understand this. If you buried him, and you knew he was dead -

A. No! no! We only thought he was.

Q. Oh, i see! He came to life again?

A. I bet he didn't.

Q. Well, I never heard anything like this. Somebody was dead. Somebody was buried. Now where was the mystery?

A. Ah, that's just it! That's it exactly. You see we were twins - defunct and I - and we got mixed in the bathtub when we were only two weeks old, and one of us was drowned. But we didn't know which. Some think it was Bill. Some think it was me.

Q. Well, that is remarkable. What do you think?

A. Goodness knows! I would give whole worlds to know. This solemn, this awful mystery has cast a gloom over my whole life. But I will tell you a secret now, which I have never revealed to any creature before. One of us had a peculiar mark - a large mole on the back of his left hand; that was me. That child was the one that was drowned.

(Mark Twain - An Encounter with an Interviewer)

"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." Mark Twain
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." Mark Twain

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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Delightful read. I enjoy Twain's writing and especially his humor. His wit and wisdom is legendary. The interview is hilarious - talk about a circular discussion! Thanks so much for an enjoyable read.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure Suzette,

Thanks for reading, and enjoying.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

That question and answer confused me, I'm ashamed to say I didn't get the joke, help me!

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eric, Mark Twain was deliberately trying to confuse the reporter, putting the doubt into his mind as to which twin survived and in fact suggesting that he Samuel was the one who died in the bath and in fact William survived, meaning that he was in fact William.....hmm...now you have me confused....


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

I know, I truly don't understand it.... I guess that's the point, idk...either that or I'm thick.

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Maybe it just appealed to my weird sense of humour Eric.I like 'off the wall' type humour like Monty Python, so I don't expect everyone to get this. Readers will either find it hilarious, or just strange I guess. I appreciate your opinion.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Either way, it opened me up to some great Twain quotes where your writing was the catalyst for me to pursue some more work of Twain.

Thanks, EWF


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Congratulations on getting it published. The humor in the interview is worth the persistence. Thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora, I am glad this humor appealed to your taste. I was beginning to wonder if it was worth the effort to have it published. You have confirmed it was.


SandCastles 2 years ago

I like Mark Twain too and after reading this hub want to read more of his books. I've only read ''Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin". Both books were hilarious in many ways with the serious parts too (I like books that have humour). To write about racism( especially in his day and age) helped many people to see just how unjust racism is, how wrong it is. And he really captured the essence of boyhood I think. He said when he wrote those books, he was writing about himself and what he was like as a boy. I read that he didn't like all the rules of etiquette and refused to abide by them. Good Hub!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this SandCastles. Mark Twain was a very wise man and there are so many wonderful quotes by him that I originally tried to include in this hub but had to delete because they were already published in other hubs. He had a great sense of humour, and you will find examples of that in some of his other books. Yes I have also heard that he didn't like rules, and that most of his writing was about his personal experiences.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ah! I have not read this, Jodah. It is funny and very interesting. I have never heard this story from Mark Twain and I thought I knew everything about him. This is remarkable (I love that word - remarkable!). You just may become Twain's counterpart. Well done, Jodah. I love it.

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, the first video is no longer available and I could not get the second one to load.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for taking the time to check this one out Phyllis. Mark Twain is so well known that it is hard to find something about him that people haven't heard before. It was an amazing coincidence with his birth and death both occurring within days of Halley's Comet orbiting the Earth too. Everything about his life was "remarkable" (your favourite word :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for letting m know Phyllis. I have replaced the first with another of his quotes and added another which is an imitation of his actual voice. The second "Luck" works for me, so I don't know what the problem is there.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

"Sanity and Happiness are an impossible combination." Remarkable ! I love his quotes. Videos are working fine now, Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the feedback Phyllis.


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annart 11 months ago from SW England

I finally got round to reading this, as you suggested on my hub which mentioned him. Great interview! Absolutely hilarious! I love the suggestion that it could have been one or other twin, tying our minds in knots.

I looked at that large picture of him at the end and thought, "That's Tom Selleck playing the rôle of Mark Twain"! It could be him couldn't it?

Superb humour and lots of information; well done - glad it got past HP in the end though I can't imagine why it would be a problem.

Ann :)


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Ann, glad you found this hub to be worth checking out. It was quite an ordeal to get it approved. Originally I had about 20 Mark Twain quotes included as well as the full story about him being born and dying during the passing of Halley's Comet. They said it was too similar to works published elsewhere and contained duplicate content. Well, I admit his quotes are everywhere and most of his life extensively ritten about but I did access different sources. Anyway I eventually got it accepted, which is what's important. I thought the interview was hilarious and proved his quick mind and wit, but a couple of other readers just didn't seem to 'get it." Thanks for your generous comment. p.s. yes that pic could very well be Tom Selleck couldn't it?


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Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

Interesting interview I wounder if this was before or after the poem, I think it's called brother John. The poem was about 2 twins who got mixed up. I believe the poem ends with the line: "And when I died they buried brother John."


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this, Robert. I shall have to look up that poem "Brother John." I was not aware of it.

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