Thursday, November 21, 1996
HIS AMAZING ADVENTURES
PREMIERE: November 11 at 8pm/12am ET (5pm/9pm PT)
LENGTH: 1 hour
HOST: Jack Perkins
PRODUCED BY: Greystone Communications for A&E Network
He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 along the Mississippi
River as Halley's Comet was lighting up the sky. BIOGRAPHY: MARK
TWAIN: HIS AMAZING ADVENTURES chronicles how the young Sam Clemens
traveled restlessly along the East Coast, working as a typesetter
and a newspaper reporter. At the age of 22, he returned to the
Mississippi to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a steamboat
pilot. But his life was shattered by the onset of the Civil War. He
joined a group of Confederate irregulars, but deserted after two
weeks and headed west to San Francisco. He divided his time between
mining, newspaper reporting and drinking. Soon he began writing
under the name Mark Twain, a riverboat pilot's call, and his stories
about jumping frogs and lectures on Hawaiian adventures made him
famous in the West, but he knew only New York could offer him the
worldwide fame and wealth he sought.
He found more than fame in New York. He found a wife, a family and a
career as an inventor, publisher, lecturer, playwright and author of
famous books, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Ironically, after what has been called America's greatest novel was
published, fortune turned against its author. He was driven into
bankruptcy by a failed investment and his beloved daughter, Suzy,
died. After living abroad for most of the 1890s, he returned to New
York to a hero's welcome as a man who represented the glory and
independence of the nation's past. Mark Twain died in New York [sic] in
1910, with Halley's Comet visible, once again, in the night sky.
Through lively interviews with scholars, historians and authors, he
The Mark Twain House and its collection play a role in the following
A Lifetime Television program on biblical character Eve (March 1997);
An A&E "Biography" on Woodrow Wilson;
An A&E program on the history of the telephone;
A segment about book challenges on "Dateline NBC";
A Discovery Channel program about the discovery of the lost
_Adventures of Huckleberry Finn_ manuscript.
Air dates and details will be posted as soon as they are available.
-- Kevin B.