Motivational Moustaches

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Motivational Moustaches

Part I: Mark Twain

Photo of Mark Twain COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale, Cengage LearningMark Twain, the mac daddy of the Mississippi, is the stuff of legends, and so is that awesome 'stache of his.

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Missouri, he grew up along the banks of the Mississippi River, and began writing under the pen name Mark Twain in 1865. Regarded by many journalists and authors of the time as crude, uncouth and reckless, Mark Twain was a pioneer of humor and satire. His uncomplicated themes of friendship, realism and adventure make his storytelling universally understood.

Best known for his works Life on the Mississippi (1883), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1875), The Prince and the Pauper (1882), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and his masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), he is regarded by many today as one of the most influential American authors this side of the Mississippi. Even with his brooding expression and spectacular 'stache, his remarkable profile is humbled in comparison to his impressive literary genius and reputation for speaking his mind.

Proof that the man makes the moustache, and not the other way around, Mark Twain was not just the mac daddy of the Mississippi; he was the mac daddy of all moustaches.