Web site: http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/
An illuminating and touching portrait of Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, one of the greatest writers in American history. In the latest of Ken Burns' "American Lives" series, his subject is the man who created an American literature. In his time, 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. Keith David narrates the two-part documentary, which includes interviews with Arthur Miller, William Styron, Hal Holbrook and others, and more than 600 still photographs gathered from more than 100 different archives.
Part One #101
Ken Burns takes a journey along the Mississippi River to the little town of Hannibal, MO, where Samuel Clemens grew up. As he moved from adventure to adventure, Clemens evolved into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who changed the way Americans saw themselves and their language.
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Part Two #102
Explores the other side of Twain the man—an American icon who falls hard through tragedy and bad financial decisions. An inept businessman who squanders his fortune on pipe-dream patents and bad investments, Twain turns to the lecture circuit and tours extensively, leaving behind his beloved Hartford home in an effort to pay off his creditors.
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Official web site: http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/