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"The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg" is a short story by Mark Twain that takes place in Hadleyburg, a town known for its honesty and virtue, and follows an elaborate plan to turn that honesty on its ear. The story, in four chapters, was published in the short story collection "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories."
Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" is one of the most studied books in America. Often starting in middle school, students study this American master's writing style as one of the early examples of purely American writing and the work of a master satirist. Twain's story "Huckelberry Finn" has been banned for his use of language and loved for that same language for generations.
The realist literary tradition in the United States started in the 19th century and lasted for about one hundred years, with other realist traditions emerging throughout the world at different periods. Realist authors explored some of the everyday aspects of life, presenting the world "as it was." Mark Twain wrote during the period in which realist literature flourished, and is considered to be a realist author.
Mark Twain -- the pen name of Samuel Clemens -- is best known for his warm, humorous novels about the characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. However, as Twain aged his work became increasingly cynical and dark. Many scholars believe that the loss of his wife and three of his children led to this growing pessimism. By the turn of the 20th century, Twain was regularly writing short stories as dark as "The Five Boons of Life."
Famed American author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) never released a full, official autobiography in his lifetime. In 1906, he instead elected to dictate various stories of his life to a stenographer. These dictations and some writings prior to that culminated in a rather large manuscript by Twain's death in 1910. In the years that followed, Twain's estate published highly edited and reconfigured pieces of these manuscripts, but his last will and testament stated that the memoirs in their entirety were to remain unpublished for at least 100 years. The first of three volumes was published in November 2010.
Mark Twain's tale of the Civil War era first appeared in "Atlantic Monthly" magazine in 1874, almost 10 years after Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender. Twain claims in the title that this story of an enslaved mother's suffering and heartbreak is true, but critics suggest the story may be a product of Twain's imagination and not, as he says, " A true story, repeated word for word as I heard it."