Mark Twain

Premiered January, 2002

In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this series, Ken Burns has created an illuminating portrait of the man who is also one of the greatest writers in American history.

Funding provided by General Motors Corporation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Connecticut Office of Tourism, CPB, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Park Foundation

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Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's masterpiece


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Mark Twain became the sage of the country


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Samuel Clemens

Sam Clemens decided to take on a new name, Mark Twain


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Mark Twain Goes Abroad

Twain traveled abroad with the idea that America is the center of the universe, not Europe


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Mark Twain: Dark, Depressive Streak

Twain's humor is always colored by the knowledge that horrible things can happen in life.


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