April 8, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (2)

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Mark Twain

 Curious facts about:

He was born and died when Comet Halley was visible in the sky. Twain once noted: I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t.” He got his wish. He died on April 21, 1910, just two days after Halley’s comet had reached its point closest to the Sun. It was the second death he predicted, the first being his brother’s.

            Samuel Clemens tried out several pseudonyms, including Rambler, W Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, and Josh, before settling on Mark Twain (the phrase used by Mississippi River steamboat crews when measuring water depth).

Twain briefly served with a Confederate militia. In June 1861, shortly after the Civil War began, 25-year-old Clemens joined the Marion Rangers, a pro-Confederate militia. Although his family had owned a slave when he was a boy, Clemens didn’t have strong ideological convictions about the war and probably enlisted with the militia primarily out of loyalty to his Southern roots.

            Bermuda was always a favorite of Twain’s getaways.


  1. I adore Mark Twain! One of my favorite literary characters of all time is Twain's Huckleberry Finn. In addition to being a brilliant writer, Twain had an amazing sense of humor. So glad he chose the pseudonym he did. It fits him!

    1. I love his sense of humor too, Mae.
      What a pity he has no offspring and his kin perished!
      Thank you for checking the post!

  2. What a wonderfully insightful writer you have featured today! I adore many of his quotes and literary works. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad to see you back, Flossie!
      I thought it right to feature this monumental author, representative of American literature as Shakespeare is for the British one.


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