Mark Twain

2002, TV Show

As the conclusion of Ken Burns' two-part biography begins, it's 1885 and Mark Twain is celebrated, rich and content. The good times wouldn't last. The money went first ("He was hopeless as a businessman," says Arthur Miller), forcing him on lecture tours and into virtual exile abroad. Then family tragedies left him embittered, toward God, mostly. But his celebrity kept him going, and at his death, on April 21, 1910, he was "the most conspicuous person on the planet," says narrator Keith David.

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Innocents Abroad was a subscription book. It made Mark Twain the most well sold writer in the world.

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

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Hal Holbrook discusses how Twain's writing makes him feel, and the empathy of Twain's writing.

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Every reporter wanted a quote from Twain on every event. He became the sage of the country.

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Premiered: January 16, 2002
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Premise: As the conclusion of Ken Burns' two-part biography begins, it's 1885 and Mark Twain is celebrated, rich and content. The good times wouldn't last. The money went first ("He was hopeless as a businessman," says Arthur Miller), forcing him on lecture tours and into virtual exile abroad. Then family tragedies left him embittered, toward God, mostly. But his celebrity kept him going, and at his death, on April 21, 1910, he was "the most conspicuous person on the planet," says narrator Keith David.

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