Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway

An avid reader, Vahan Karian greatly enjoys the works of Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. Epitomizing classic literature, the two authors produced timeless stories that continue to excite and enthrall readers across the globe.

Mark Twain, also known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, found success through writing as well as public speaking. Considered an author and humorist, Mark Twain is best known for the American classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the Great American Novel. Mark Twain is considered by some to be the father of American literature, a title that accompanied his reputation as a witty and friendly man of talent. Born in 1835 in Florida, Missouri, Mark Twain was the sixth child in a family of seven. Once he came of working age, Mark Twain initially acted as a printer’s apprentice, and later, as a typesetter and contributor to the Hannibal Journal. Mark Twain often utilized public libraries, spending evenings educating himself on a vast array of topics. Eventually his love of travel and intense interest in science and technology would spur further writing, contributing to the great success he found through literature.

Also a revered figure of classic American literature, Ernest Hemingway gained notoriety from 1920 through 1950, and went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Characterized by his understated writing style, Ernest Hemingway continues to be known for authentic and compelling character creation. Early in his life, Ernest Hemingway served the Red Cross, which took him to Italy and Paris, among other places. This experience, along with his return home and his travels to Paris, shaped much of his writing, as he continued to seek out interesting people to inspire his writing. Carrying on a life of intrigue and adventure, Ernest Hemingway later passed in 1961, forever marked as one of the great authors of all time.

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