The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Orphaned at twelve, he had several activities. He worked as a printer’s devil, later, as a typographer, assistant pilot of the ship “Alex Scott-his nickname is the term used in the Mississippi River, meaning” two fathoms deep “and indicates the minimum depth for good navigation,” participated in the Civil War (1961) and was a miner in the Far West, journalist, traveler and lecturer great success. In 1870 he married Olivia Langdon. In 1907 he was awarded the title of doctor honoris causa by the University of Oxford. Curiously his birth coincided with the passage of Comet Halley, the only short-cycle comet is visible to the naked eye, and knowing the return visit of the same, predicted his death to coincide with his appearance, he was wrong only in one day.

After publishing the story humorous The famous leaping frog of Calaveras County (1865), used his experiences in other continents to The Innocents Abroad (1869). His three most famous works are: Life on the Mississippi (1883), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), based on memories of childhood and adolescence. The last two recount the adventures of two youths in a complex, tough, funny and sinister at once. With them back the spontaneity to the prose of his generation. His rich language, peppered with dialect and slang, of course, lively and full of humor, allows each of the characters speak with their own voice great comic and expressive performance. The clash between civilization and freedom is too central motif of the three books. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) is set in a somewhat anachronistic medieval England, where the protagonist strives to implement the positivist and productivist values, if this social satire has no bitterness, no one can say the same thing of his later novels, such as, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1899) and the unfinished The mysterious stranger, published posthumously in 1916, reflecting a pessimistic world view and some bland. As American novelist said: “Man is the only animal that eats without being hungry, drinks without being thirsty and talk without having anything to say.” Francisco Arias Solis loves freedom as he loves and needs air, bread and love.


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