Twain, Mark – Author


The Mark Twain mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique authors and includes an image of Mark Twain and a short biography.

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Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was born in Missouri.  When he was only 12 he got a job at the Hannibal Courier.  He fulfilled his dream of piloting steamboats in his early 20s but the Civil War halted most river traffic.  Clemens had a short enlistment in the Confederate Army before moving west to find fame and fortune.  His narrative style made him a great storyteller, climaxing with ‟Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.”  He started a publishing house, which marketed the hugely successful memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.  Grant was nearly bankrupt when he died, and the book saved his family.  Clemens was one of the best-known Americans in the late 19th century and received many honors.  He never achieved the great wealth he longed for.  In 1895 he made a round-the-world lecture tour to help pay down his debts.


Ernest Hemingway once wrote that ‟All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”

‟It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”


‟Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.”

       Mark Twain


This Mark Twain History Mug is part of our Author Series which includes many unique individuals.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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