R is for Redding

We are at letter R of this year’s Blogging from A-Z challenge, and I have decided to share with you something about Redding, Connecticut USA

On this day (21st April) in 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, died in Redding, Connecticut at the age of 74.

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Mark Twain

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30th 1835, led one of the most exciting of literary lives. Raised in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain had to leave school at age 12 and was successively a journeyman printer, a steamboat pilot, a half-hearted Confederate soldier, and a prospector, miner, and reporter in the western territories.

His experiences furnished him with a wide knowledge of humanity, as well as with the perfect grasp of local customs and speech which manifests itself in his writing. With the publication in 1865 of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain gained national attention as a frontier humourist, and the bestselling Innocents Abroad solidified his fame. But it wasn’t until Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), that he was recognized by the literary establishment as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce.

Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Twain grew more and more pessimistic – an outlook not alleviated by his natural scepticism and sarcasm. Though his fame continued to widen – Yale & Oxford awarded him honorary degrees – Twain spent his last years in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about “the damned human race.”

Twain left behind a whole plethora of witty observations and remarks in addition to his literary output; the two below are two of my favourites.





About Pam Smith

I am a Christian and currently exploring vocation. I am a writer, I conduct a brass band, I am an avid reader and when I'm not doing any of those things I crochet with a fierce passion. I am mum to two fantastic young adults, celebrating my Silver wedding anniversary in 2016 with my husband. I recently gained my Bachelor of Arts with honours.
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2 Responses to R is for Redding

  1. from WIKI “Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it”, too. He died the day after the comet returned”

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  2. 4wallsnaroof says:

    A very interesting figure. I think he would have been an enjoyable dinner companion!


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