Mark Twain Becomes a Writer

Mark Twain Becomes a Writer

Robert H. Hirst


"I never had but two powerful ambi- having earned his livelihood (as he tions in my life," Samuel Clemens would later recall in Roughing It) as wrote, in the autumn of 1865. "One grocery clerk, blacksmith's appren- was to be a pilot, & the other a tice, drugstore clerk, bookseller's preacher of the gospel. I accom-clerk ("the customers bothered me so plished the one & failed in the other, much I could not read with any com- because I could not supply myself fort," h...

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