If Huckleberry Finn is a great book of American literature, its greatness may lie in its continuing ability to touch a nerve in the American national consciousness that is still raw and troubling. Bixby did indeed “learn”—a word Twain insisted on—him the river, but the young man was an apt pupil as well. Twain’s contribution to the occasion fell flat (perhaps because of a failure of delivery or the contents of the speech itself), and some believed he had insulted three literary icons in particular: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Renovation of the Train Station is possible because of the support of APG Discovery Center sponsors and a grant from the State of Maryland. As he remembered it in Old Times on the Mississippi (1875), the village was a “white town drowsing in the sunshine of a summer’s morning,” until the arrival of a riverboat suddenly made it a hive of activity. MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) Train Service (reporting mark MARC), known prior to 1984 as Maryland Rail Commuter, is a commuter rail system comprising three lines in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. When Jane Clemens was in her 80s, Clemens asked her about his poor health in those early years: “I suppose that during that whole time you were uneasy about me?” “Yes, the whole time,” she answered. The next month, Olivia Susan (Susy) Clemens was born in Elmira. Still restless and ambitious, he booked passage in 1857 on a steamboat bound for New Orleans, La., planning to find his fortune in South America. He soon discovered that it had to be told in Huck’s own vernacular voice. The 1 October edition of the Harford Democrat (p. 1), entitled “Aberdeen has new growing pains,” described a meeting of officials of the Pennsylvania Rail Road and the Town Commissioners in Aberdeen on “…the final plans for the new station.”  The article includes details regarding how bus and taxi service were to be modified at the new station,   and described the plans for parking spaces for up to 90 cars. [1] His mother tried various allopathic and hydropathic remedies on him during those early years, and his recollections of those instances (along with other memories of his growing up) would eventually find their way into Tom Sawyer and other writings. Clemens had acquired the esteem and moral authority he had yearned for only a few years before, and the writer made good use of his reinvigorated position. Howells, who had known most of the important American literary figures of the 19th century and thought them to be more or less like one another, believed that Twain was unique. He closed his beloved house in Hartford, and the family moved to Europe, where they might live more cheaply and, perhaps, where his wife, who had always been frail, might improve her health. Back in 1944, Army Captain Herman Goldstine (supervisor of the ENIAC project) and Professor John von Neumann (father of the modern-day computer) actually met on the train platform at Aberdeen and developed the relationship that led to the ENIAC being used for the Manhattan project. Transit Information Contact Center: 410.539.5000 Toll Free: 1.866.RIDE MTA (1.866.743.3682) TTY: 410.539.3497 Monday through Friday 6:00am - 7:00pm In 1896 his daughter Jean was diagnosed with epilepsy, and the search for a cure, or at least relief, had taken the family to different doctors throughout Europe. His first book was in fact The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867), but it did not sell well. West Virginia was only … Late in his life, Twain reflected on this promise that became a curse: It put our energies to sleep and made visionaries of us—dreamers and indolent.…It is good to begin life poor; it is good to begin life rich—these are wholesome; but to begin it prospectively rich! i don't know their story or their fate. It is true that Clemens was bitter and lonely during his last years. He went on his first lecture tour, speaking mostly on the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in 1866. In 1986, the agency purchased new locomotives and rolling stock for the Northeast Corridor trains. The family, including Clemens himself, had suffered from one sort of ailment or another for a very long time. The Preview Center will feature several full-size exhibits, similar to those that will be found in the permanent Discovery Center. Not only did a pilot receive good wages and enjoy universal respect, but he was absolutely free and self-sufficient: “a pilot, in those days, was the only unfettered and entirely independent human being that lived in the earth,” he wrote. Mencken ranked on a level with Huckleberry Finn and Life on the Mississippi. Those same adventures could be reenacted with his companions as well, and Clemens and his friends did play at being pirates, Robin Hood, and other fabled adventurers. Station layout The embarrassing experience may have in part prompted his removal to Europe for nearly two years. For Hemingway, Twain’s achievement was evidently an aesthetic one principally located in one novel. His biographer Albert Bigelow Paine joined him, and together they returned to Stormfield. Art Nouveau highlighted curvaceous lines, often inspired by plants and flowers, as well as geometric patterns. Clemens was the sixth of seven children, only three of whom survived to ...read more, The Roman politician and general Mark Antony (83–30 B.C. He worked briefly as a typesetter in St. Louis in 1853 before traveling to New York City to work at a large printing shop. In 1906–07 he published selected chapters from his ongoing autobiography in the North American Review. Perhaps it was the romantic visionary in him that caused Clemens to recall his youth in Hannibal with such fondness. Clemens submitted several letters to the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, and these attracted the attention of the editor, Joseph Goodman, who offered him a salaried job as a reporter. For a time, Clemens’s prospects seemed rosy. This was a dangerous indulgence, for violent retribution was not uncommon. Twain was not the first Anglo-American to treat the problems of race and racism in all their complexity, but, along with that of Herman Melville, his treatment remains of vital interest more than a hundred years later. Twain believed he had humiliated himself before Boston’s literary worthies when he delivered one of many speeches at a dinner commemorating the 70th birthday of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. His experience as a cub and then as a full-fledged pilot gave him a sense of discipline and direction he might never have acquired elsewhere. That same year, he moved to New York City, serving as the traveling correspondent for the San Francisco Alta California and for New York newspapers. The southbound station still stands and next year will mark its 75th Anniversary. He knew that it would be his last visit to his hometown. Epaminondas Adrastus Perkins.” This was his first known use of a pseudonym, and there would be several more (Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Quintius Curtius Snodgrass, Josh, and others) before he adopted, permanently, the pen name Mark Twain. In 1850 the oldest Clemens boy, Orion, returned from St. Louis, Mo., and began to publish a weekly newspaper. The last piece of writing he did, evidently, was the short humorous sketch Etiquette for the Afterlife: Advice to Paine (first published in full in 1995). Nearby Virginia City was known for its gambling and dance halls, its breweries and whiskey mills, its murders, riots, and political corruption. Twain was speaking candidly in his last years but still with a vitality and ironic detachment that kept his work from being merely the fulminations of an old and angry man. During his time in the East, which lasted until early 1854, he read widely and took in the sights of these cities. Clemens believed a forthcoming biography of Pope Leo XIII would do even better. In the process, the journalistic and satirical temperament of the writer had, at times, become retrospective. In February 1863 Clemens covered the legislative session in Carson City and wrote three letters for the Enterprise. Extracts from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven was published in installments in Harper’s Magazine in 1907–08. Churchill Downs This fabled venue is home to America’s most celebrated horse race, the Kentucky Derby. However, in later years he would publish some works anonymously, and still others he declared could not be published until long after his death, on the largely erroneous assumption that his true views would scandalize the public. With those two men he was integral to Rome’s transition from republic to empire. You'll never want me like I want you to I thought you wanted a mess to clean up Why are my disasters never good enough for you? From there he went to Philadelphia and on to Washington, D.C.; then he returned to New York, only to find work hard to come by because of fires that destroyed two publishing houses. The antics and high adventure of Tom Sawyer and his comrades—including pranks in church and at school, the comic courtship of Becky Thatcher, a murder mystery, and a thrilling escape from a cave—continue to delight children, while the book’s comedy, narrated by someone who vividly recalls what it was to be a child, amuses adults with similar memories. It also will have meeting space, areas for artifact storage, and serve as the hub for volunteers and planners of the Discovery Center. A pall settled over the Clemens household; they would not celebrate birthdays or holidays for the next several years. Because Bixby was an exceptional pilot and had a license to navigate the Missouri River and the upper as well as the lower Mississippi, lucrative opportunities several times took him upstream. Laurel MARC Station: Historic Laurel train station. He continued to write for newspapers, traveling to Hawaii for the Sacramento Union and also writing for New York newspapers, but he apparently wanted to become something more than a journalist. He moved into his new house in Redding, Conn., in June 1908, and that too was a comfort. His ability to swiftly and convincingly create a variety of fictional characters rivals that of Charles Dickens. Through Huck, the novel’s narrator, Twain was able to address the shameful legacy of chattel slavery prior to the Civil War and the persistent racial discrimination and violence after. John Clemens’s death contributed further to the family’s financial instability. Twain’s scalawags, dreamers, stalwarts, and toughs, his solicitous aunts, ambitious politicians, carping widows, false aristocrats, canny but generous slaves, sententious moralists, brave but misguided children, and decent but complicitous bystanders, his loyal lovers and friends, and his fractious rivals—these and many more constitute a virtual census of American types. The article also states that “thousands of people are using this station each week, particularly on weekends when many servicemen are on leave from A.P.G.”. For Howells, Twain’s significance was apparently social—the humorist, Howells wrote, spoke to and for the common American man and woman; he emancipated and dignified the speech and manners of a class of people largely neglected by writers (except as objects of fun or disapproval) and largely ignored by genteel America. Point of Rocks is a historic passenger rail station on the MARC Brunswick Line between Washington, D.C., and Martinsburg, WV, located at Point of Rocks, Frederick County, Maryland, United States. Instead, he saw a more immediate opportunity and persuaded the accomplished riverboat captain Horace Bixby to take him on as an apprentice. Upon their arrival in Carson City, the territorial capital, Sam Clemens’s association with Orion did not provide him the sort of livelihood he might have supposed, and, once again, he had to shift for himself—mining and investing in timber and silver and gold stocks, oftentimes “prospectively rich,” but that was all. The man who has not experienced it cannot imagine the curse of it. Finally, the front page of the 14 January 1944 Harford Democrat included a small notice that read, “The new (southbound) Pennsylvania Rail Road station was completed this week and is now in use.”. In January 1845 Clemens watched a man die in the street after he had been shot by a local merchant; this incident provided the basis for the Boggs shooting in Huckleberry Finn. He also published A True Story, a moving dialect sketch told by a former slave, in the prestigious Atlantic Monthly in 1874. No doubt his temperament was affected by his worries over his financial situation, made all the more distressing by a series of business failures. The train has been serving the area for more than 30 years, but Maryland has always paid the bills. Already he was acquiring a reputation outside the territory. He began writing The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1899), a devastating satire of venality in small-town America, and the first of three manuscript versions of The Mysterious Stranger. The persona of Mark Twain had become something of a curse for Samuel Clemens. Some of Twain’s best work during his late years was not fiction but polemical essays in which his earnestness was not in doubt: an essay against anti-Semitism, Concerning the Jews (1899); a denunciation of imperialism, To the Man Sitting in Darkness (1901); an essay on lynching, The United States of Lyncherdom (posthumously published in 1923); and a pamphlet on the brutal and exploitative Belgian rule in the Congo, King Leopold’s Soliloquy (1905). He also started What Is Man? He was acquiring, if not a worldly air, at least a broader perspective than that offered by his rural background. Transit Information Contact Center: 410.539.5000 Toll Free: 1.866.RIDE MTA (1.866.743.3682) TTY: 410.539.3497 Monday through Friday 6:00am - 7:00pm One evening in 1844 Clemens discovered a corpse in his father’s office; it was the body of a California emigrant who had been stabbed in a quarrel and was placed there for the inquest. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Clearly, despite his reversal of fortunes, Twain had not lost his sense of humour. His romantic and political ...read more, 1. He published A Tramp Abroad (1880), about his travels with his friend Joseph Twichell in the Black Forest and the Swiss Alps, and The Prince and the Pauper (1881), a fanciful tale set in 16th-century England and written for “young people of all ages.” In 1882 he traveled up the Mississippi with Horace Bixby, taking notes for the book that became Life on the Mississippi (1883). Twain will always be remembered first and foremost as a humorist, but he was a great deal more—a public moralist, popular entertainer, political philosopher, travel writer, and novelist. They were married in February 1870. History. A boy might swim or canoe to and explore Glasscock’s Island, in the middle of the Mississippi River, or he might visit the labyrinthine McDowell’s Cave, about 2 miles (3 km) south of town. Nevertheless, by the time Clemens was 13, his boyhood had effectively come to an end. Things did not go according to plan, however. By early April he was having severe chest pains. Clemens died on April 21. Clemens came to dislike Buffalo and hoped that he and his family might move to the Nook Farm area of Hartford, Conn. It would be several years before this pen name would acquire the firmness of a full-fledged literary persona, however. Huckleberry Finn was written in fits and starts over an extended period and would not be published until 1885. The Civil War severely curtailed river traffic, and, fearing that he might be impressed as a Union gunboat pilot, Clemens brought his years on the river to a halt a mere two years after he had acquired his license. Having acquired a trade by age 17, Clemens left Hannibal in 1853 with some degree of self-sufficiency. This list may not reflect recent changes (). A son, Langdon, was born in November 1870, but the boy was frail and would die of diphtheria less than two years later. He had ambitions to enlarge his reputation and his audience, and the announcement of a transatlantic excursion to Europe and the Holy Land provided him with just such an opportunity. As an antidote to his grief as much as anything else, Clemens threw himself into work. In the meantime, the debts accumulated. Set in the antebellum South, Pudd’nhead Wilson concerns the fates of transposed babies, one white and the other black, and is a fascinating, if ambiguous, exploration of the social and legal construction of race. Both papers relate that the underpass “greatly relieved the congestion” at the grade crossing on Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen. What distinguishes Huckleberry Finn from the others is the moral dilemma Huck faces in aiding the runaway slave Jim while at the same time escaping from the unwanted influences of so-called civilization. Having agreed to pay a $500 apprentice fee, Clemens studied the Mississippi River and the operation of a riverboat under the masterful instruction of Bixby, with an eye toward obtaining a pilot’s license. By 1898 the revenue generated from the tour and the subsequent book, along with Henry Huttleston Rogers’s shrewd investments of his money, had allowed Clemens to pay his creditors in full. The station has two new 700-foot-long platforms with canopies, a pedestrian bridge, new stairs and elevator towers, a ticket area and restrooms. Clemens was too grief-stricken to attend the burial services, and he stopped working on his autobiography. He took some solace in the grandfatherly friendships he established with young schoolgirls he called his “angelfish.” His “Angelfish Club” consisted of 10 to 12 girls who were admitted to membership on the basis of their intelligence, sincerity, and good will, and he corresponded with them frequently. In the summer of 1876, while staying with his in-laws Susan and Theodore Crane on Quarry Farm overlooking Elmira, Clemens began writing what he called in a letter to his friend William Dean Howells “Huck Finn’s Autobiography.” Huck had appeared as a character in Tom Sawyer, and Clemens decided that the untutored boy had his own story to tell. The profession of riverboat pilot was, as he confessed many years later in Old Times on the Mississippi, the most congenial one he had ever followed. Upon his return, he began work with his friend Charles Dudley Warner on a satirical novel about political and financial corruption in the United States. A little more history about the station: In the 27 August 1943 issue of the Harford Democrat (p. 8), a local contractor, Paul Jaeger, was identified as the construction lead of the new Pennsylvania Rail Road station project in Aberdeen. But he was frustrated too—frustrated by financial difficulties but also by the public’s perception of him as a funnyman and nothing more. Clara Clemens married in October 1909 and left for Europe by early December. Insofar as Clemens could be said to have inherited his sense of humour, it would have come from his mother, not his father. April 11, 1973. To quote the Library’s summary, the “…Gottscho-Schleisner collection provides a detailed look at architectural styles and trends throughout the nation from the perspective of the architect as well as the client.” According to the LOC website, the pictures of Aberdeen’s Pennsylvania R.R. He continued to write occasional pieces throughout these years and, in one satirical sketch, River Intelligence (1859), lampooned the self-important senior pilot Isaiah Sellers, whose observations of the Mississippi were published in a New Orleans newspaper. The Death of Jean (1911) was written beside her deathbed. Eventually his account of the voyage was published as The Innocents Abroad (1869). The letters did present unorthodox views—that God was something of a bungling scientist and human beings his failed experiment, that Christ, not Satan, devised hell, and that God was ultimately to blame for human suffering, injustice, and hypocrisy. As a result it withdrew its train line in 1951 and sold out to Marx in 1952. Debts continued to mount, and the financial panic of 1893 made it difficult to borrow money. Transit Information Contact Center: 410.539.5000 Toll Free: 1.866.RIDE MTA (1.866.743.3682) TTY: 410.539.3497 Monday through Friday 6:00am - 7:00pm Roughing It is a rollicking account of his adventures in the American West, but it is also seasoned with such exquisite yarns as Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral and The Story of the Old Ram; A Tramp Abroad is for many readers a disappointment, but it does contain the nearly perfect Jim Baker’s Blue-Jay Yarn. The courtship dissolved in a misunderstanding, but she remained the remembered sweetheart of his youth. If you’d like to read more about computing and the Manhattan Project, follow this link. History Get YouTube Premium Get YouTube TV Best of YouTube Music Sports Gaming ... EMD GP40 Pulls MARC Train Over the Potomac River by BaltimoreAndOhioRR. (See Researcher’s Note: Origins of the name Mark Twain.) The gamblers, stevedores, and pilots, the boisterous raftsmen and elegant travelers, all bound for somewhere surely glamorous and exciting, would have impressed a young boy and stimulated his already active imagination. As it turned out, Tom Blankenship’s older brother Bence had been secretly taking food to the runaway slave for some weeks before the slave was apparently discovered and killed. Clemens published his next novel, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (serialized 1895–96), anonymously in hopes that the public might take it more seriously than a book bearing the Mark Twain name. 0:49. He would have yet another occasion to publish his grief. All Rights Reserved. When the humorist Artemus Ward invited him to contribute something for a book of humorous sketches, Clemens decided to write up the story. Two years later he witnessed the drowning of one of his friends, and only a few days later, when he and some friends were fishing on Sny Island, on the Illinois side of the Mississippi, they discovered the drowned and mutilated body of a fugitive slave. In 1847 Clemens’s father died of pneumonia. Then, after a thoughtful pause, he added, “And I did not remain one very long.” Nevertheless, he seems to have retained something of his moral integrity. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); FACT CHECK: We strive for accuracy and fairness. After the death of his father, Sam Clemens worked at several odd jobs in town, and in 1848 he became a printer’s apprentice for Joseph P. Ament’s Missouri Courier. 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