5.1.4: Lesson 1 — American Literature

Welcome to Year 5 of your American English studies with Maestro Sersea. For the rest of this year, you will have 52 lessons focused on American English literature. The first work we will read for 32 weeks will be The Autobiography of Mark Twain.

Before we begin Mark Twain’s autobiography, let’s learn more about Mark Twain.

— Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was an American author and lecturer. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), both major American literary classics; the latter still is required reading in most high school English courses across the US.

— Mark Twain is an American writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He wrote for over 60 years, starting in the 1870s, but his most famous work was published in the 1880s. His best known works are “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. He is widely regarded as the father of American literature.

— Mark Twain is one of the most popular American authors. He wrote many well-known novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. His works are satirical and humorous. He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. His father died before he turned four years old. He had little formal education but developed his skills through self-study.

Would you like to do some research and learn more about Mark Twain? Click here to visit the Mark Twain Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain

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