Samuel Clemens, who took the pen name of Mark Twain, worked hard to earn livelihood, first as a twelve-year-old typesetter for various printers, then a steamboat pilot, a miner and eventually a journalist. In addition to writing and having his works published, he began to lecture, which earned him fame and much more money than non-lecturing writers.

“Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man’s I mean.”

– Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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