Mark Twain and Realism

Timeline created by Kylee K
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    George Eliot

    Her real name was Marry Anne, she used a mail pen name because she wanted her work to be taken seriously.
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    Gustave Flaubert

    Flaubert was one of the first realist writers in france. He was exepted very slowly over time, but most of his works caused more turmoil than anything. He was equal parts romatic writer and realist, putting an interesting twist on his work.
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    The Human Comedy

    Honore de Balzac started the idea of realism in France with is Hunan Comedy Book seriese.
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    Samuel Longhorne Clemms

    Samuel Clemms used the pen nane mark twain out of fear for persicution for his writings. His pen name was chosen because it was also a term used for describing the depth of water. Mark Twain was the most famous realism Author and is still studied today.
  • Death of Twain's Father

    Samuel's father John Clemens dies, forcing the family into financial hardship.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Published

    published by Harriet Beech Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was said to have fuild the Civil War. It was the first American book to sell over a million copies.
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    Civil War

    The Civil War caused everyone to stop romanticising things and paved the way for the realism erra.
  • Madame Bovary Published

    Madame Bovary was about an unhappy marrige and written by Gustave Flaubert. Emma Bovary cheats on her husband multiple time while he was so in loved that he ignored the signs. It was highly critized for being immoral.
  • Apprentice River Pilot

    Samuel Clemens begins a successful two-year apprenticeship to become a licensed river pilot. He learns the lingo of the trade, including "mark twain," a phrase that refers to the river depth at which a boat is safe to navigate. He soon adopts it as his pen name.
  • Death of Twain's Brother

    Twain's youngest brother Henry is killed tragically at the age of 20 in an explosion on the steamboat Pennsylvania. Henry had been training to become a steamboat pilot, at Twain's encouragement. Twain, devastated by his brother's death, feels responsible for it for the rest of his life.
  • Realism Reaches it's Hight

    Realism became widly populare durring and after the Civil War. Many people were having hard times and like the honest way of looking at things. Some of the Conventions of realism include Faithful representation of life, Concentrating on Charachters and not complex plots, Concentrating on middle-class life and preoccupations, Scenes of humble life, Criticism of social conditions, Characters are in centre of interest as opposed to a plot, Honest mater-o-fact style.
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras is Published

    "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras" was Mark Twain's first thing published to get noticed by the public. it originaly was published in a news paper and it's humor quickly allowed it to spread.
  • Adventers of Tom Sawyer Published

    Easially Twain's most reconized work, Tom's story is that of a boy who runs away from home and helps a black slave excape. It's realness about slavery and the turmoil with in Tom as he runs away with this slave are a classic example of realism.
  • What Maisie Knew Published

    Published by Henery James, What Maisie Knew is about the typical dysfunctional family. As with most realist works, it was widly critized when it was published.
  • A Dog's Tale is Published

    Twain's short story a dogs tale shows many of the clasic traits or realism. It is the story of a pupy as she grows up is sold and moves, and has her own puppy. It is told from the dogs point of veiw and the reader gets a feel for all of the dogs wonder and confusion around human life.