Salutes Another Famous American Author
—Mark Twain —
Twain started out as a printer’s apprentice and typesetter, and shared Webster’s love of letters and language from an especially American point of view. While Webster concentrated on correcting colloquial speech, Twain was intent to record it, helping to create and popularize a distinctively American literary genre. William Faulkner called Twain, the ‘father of American literature.’
Largely self-taught, and a voracious reader, he credited public libraries with being his best education. At various times, he worked as steamboat pilot, journalist, lecturer and author. He was also an adventurer, and an inveterate traveller, as well as a keen social observer, and a skilled humorist and satirist.
Many of his famous works went on to become American classics: such as The Adventures of Tom Swayer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as well as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, to name a few.
His home, the Mark Twain House and Museum, is open to the public in Hartford. We display here Twain’s twenty year plan for the improving of spelling in the English language (with apologies to Noah) and a few of his well-known quotations.
Location. 41° 45.626′ N, 72° 44.51′ W. Marker is in West Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is on 20 South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is along the walkway between the Hartford Library and Critter Criterion Cinemas. Marker is in this post office area: West Hartford CT 06107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Webster Walk (here, next to this marker); Korczak Ziolkowski (here, next to this marker); Goodman Green (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meeting House Corner (about 600 feet away); Connecticut Veterans Memorial West Hartford (about 600 feet away); West Hartford (about 700 feet away); SS Maiden Creek (about 700 feet away); First Public Library Building in West Hartford (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Hartford.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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