Mark Twain

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.

Episode Two

1h 42m

The conclusion of the story of America's best-loved and best-known author, Mark Twain.


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    Episode Two

    S1 E2 - 1h 42m

    The conclusion of the story of America's best-loved and best-known author, Mark Twain.

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    Episode One

    S1 E1 - 1h 50m

    Mark Twain tells the story of the writer’s extraordinary life.

Extras + Features

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    Huckleberry Finn

    S1 - 1m 21s

    Huckleberry Finn is one of Mark Twain's most beloved characters, and the book Mark Twain's masterpiece. It was told from the southern perspective, and Twain takes romanticism away from slavery.

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    Samuel Clemens

    S1 - 53s

    On Feb, 3, 1863 Sam Clemens signed himself Mark Twain. It is the point where safe water becomes dangerous water.

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    Mark Twain Goes Abroad

    S1 - 26s

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

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    Dark, Depressive Streak

    S1 - 57s

    Mark Twain's humor is always colored by the knowledge that horrible things can happen in life. The element gave depth to his work.

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    The Mississippi River

    S1 - 18s

    The Mississippi River was a sacred place for Twain. He said every character he came up with he met on the Mississippi.

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    Triumph Through Tragedy

    S1 - 37s

    Twain was a passionate man and when he might want to give up he rallies through his personal tragedies and continues to go on.

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    Hartford House

    S1 - 47s

    Twain wanted to be rustic and a rebel, but he also wanted to be wealthy and successful. His Hartford House was incredibly luxurious.

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    American Speech

    S1 - 24s

    Twain made American speech something to be admired. He used the way we talk and turned it into literature.

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    S1 - 33s

    Arthur Miller talks about how Twain always included himself in all his human ridicule.

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    The Master of the Pause

    S1 - 1m 11s

    Twain was a genius of the stage, where he use silence to his advantage. The pauses were the preludes to the cascade of humor.

  • Sage: asset-mezzanine-16x9


    S1 - 43s

    Twain was the sage of the country, everyone wanted a quote from him.

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