Talk:Mark Twain

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Former good article nomineeMark Twain was a Language and literature good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Mark Twain: Social Critic[edit]

With permission from International Publishers, I've scanned Mark Twain: Social Critic and put it online for anyone to read. I've also added it to the "Further reading" section since I figure it is a commonly-cited book (even the article cites it a few times.) --Ismail (talk) 11:51, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 May 2018[edit]

There are two birth years in this article. I doubt he was born in 1945. 2001:569:FB25:F900:596E:D213:7B69:DDFA (talk) 01:48, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

Done. Thank you for catching that bit of minor vandalism. --Calton | Talk 01:57, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

Edit request, 12 May 2018[edit]

Please remove Category:Critics of Christian Science. There is no support for it in the article text. Alternatively, retain and bolster it with material from Christian Science (book), which includes 4 usable WP:RS. 2600:8800:1880:91E:5604:A6FF:FE38:4B26 (talk) 04:33, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

His book thereon is covered in Christian Science (book) linked directly in this article already. In addition View of Mark Twain seems quite clear. Removal of the category seems undue when a single sentence would remedy the fault, if it be a fault. Collect (talk) 17:24, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

Per WP:CATV: Categorization of articles must be verifiable. It should be clear from verifiable information in the article why it was placed in each of its categories. Use the {{Category unsourced}} template if you find an article in a category that is not shown by sources to be appropriate or if the article gives no clear indication for inclusion in a category. Surely it would not hurt to add 'verifiable information in the article' to support this category? 2600:8800:1880:91E:5604:A6FF:FE38:4B26 (talk) 18:10, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
I think that an article on a book by Mark Twain, entitled Christian Science, is quite likely to be on that topic. Especially since the article on Christian Science itself mentions this book as being critical. Collect (talk) 19:46, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
 Not done: Content of which removal is requested passes verification Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 02:01, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Citation found for second paragraph of Writing:Overview[edit]

A source for the claim: " The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been repeatedly restricted in American high schools, not least for its frequent use of the word "nigger",[citation needed]" can be found at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/banned-adventures-huckleberry-finn/ as well as https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12058648/American-school-bans-Huckleberry-Finn-from-lessons-because-of-use-of-N-word.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rincewind Lanbatal (talkcontribs) 05:45, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Origin of Pen Name[edit]

The story that he took the name from Captain Isaiah Sellers death in 1869 would seem to contradict the fact that "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was published under that pen name a few years prior to 1869. Perhaps this is just a problem with the year of Sellers' death?

Also,the May/13/1867 Philadelphia Evening Telegraph states that Twain's real name is C.H. Webb: "... the genial 'Mark Twain,' of California, whose proper and real name is C.H. Webb." — Preceding unsigned comment added by DiffuseGoose (talkcontribs) 12:29, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 July 2018[edit]

Add this reference under Further Reading

Nathan G. Alexander, "Unclasping the Eagle's Talons: Mark Twain, American Freethought, and the Responses to Imperialism." The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 17, no. 3 (2018): 524-545. Nameno1staken (talk) 21:49, 29 July 2018 (UTC)

 Done LittlePuppers (talk) 01:42, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

Question about footnote 85[edit]

There is an odd symbol I do not recognize, apparently the only thing to click in the footnote text. However, it leads to the current best seller list of the Times, which seems not relevant to this article. The text is discussing the popularity of Twain's autobiography, published in 1910. Perhaps other readers are confused, as I am. Eleanorba (talk) 14:05, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

I've removed it. It was silly. EEng 14:36, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 March 2019[edit]

2601:150:100:DA70:1532:5DCE:2E04:6818 (talk) 00:40, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
 Not done: to request that a draft be created, please see WP:AFC DannyS712 (talk) 07:42, 14 March 2019 (UTC)