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In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this series, Ken Burns has created an illuminating portrait of the man who is also one of the greatest writers in American history.

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Twain's humor is always colored by the knowledge that horrible things can happen in life.
Funding provided by General Motors Corporation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Connecticut Office of Tourism, CPB, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Park Foundation
Episodes
Mark Twain tells the story of the writer’s extraordinary life.
The conclusion of the story of America's best-loved and best-known author, Mark Twain.
Extras
Sundays, March 6-13, 2011, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. Check your local listings.
Sundays, March 6-13, 2011, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. Check your local listings.
Twain knew for America to be great, race had to be discussed.
Twain traveled abroad with the idea that America is the center of the universe, not Europe
Twain made American speech something to be admired.
The Mississippi River was a sacred place for Twain.
Twain was a genius of the stage, where he use silence to his advantage.
Under the boasting of Mark Twain was a great suffering.
Twain wanted to be rustic and a rebel, but also wealthy and successful.
Hal Holbrook discusses how Twain's writing makes him feel.