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Ken Burns, the premiere documentarian of Americana, tackles the life of Mark Twain, the first writer with a uniquely American voice. In this installment in Burns' "American Lives" series, the two 2-hour episodes explore a side of Twain that is unfamiliar to many. Widely regarded as the funniest person of the 19th century, Twain suffered through severe personal tragedies and lack of business sense that brought him to the brink of financial ruin on several occasions. Includes interviews with writers William Styron and Arthur Miller and actor Hal Holbrook (who has portrayed Twain in a one-man play each year for over 50 years). Written by Anonymous

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Narrator: He wrote constantly: newspaper stories, poetry, plays, political diatribes, travel pieces, irreverent musings about religion, and a series of autobiographical sketches noted as much, he admitted, for the tall tales they spun as for the truth they told. And he wrote books, books read by millions, including the deceptively simple story of a backwards boy and a runaway slave that showed his people a whole new way to think about themselves.
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Performed by The 2nd Street South Carolina String Band
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19 August 2016 | by (Outside Hollywood) – See all my reviews

By far, a great documentary about a truly great American. I never knew there was so much more to Mark Twain than just a few books and a name. From a humble Christian beginning in Florida, Missouri; to a world known presence by his end, Twain was a remarkable human being.

Ken Burns couldn't have picked a better, single person or subject to do a documentary. Mark Twain had great humour, and Burns was able to capture this with powerfully wonderful stories and photos. Twain's life was not always humorous, it was filled with tragedy, both personally and financially.

He was humble though, until the end. We need more men like him.


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