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The Master of the Pause | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Twain was a genius of the stage. He had a long drawl and used silence to his advantage. The pauses were the preludes to a cascade of humor.

The Mississippi River | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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The Mississippi River was Twain's Harvard and Yale. It was a sacred place for him. Twain said that every character he came up with he met on the Mississippi.

American Speech | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Twain made American speech something to be admired. At the time, the European was supposed to be the ideal. But Twain used American vernacular and turned it into literature.

Dark, Depressive Streak | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Mark Twain's irrepressible humor is always colored by the knowledge that horrible things can happen in life. The dark element gave depth to his work.

The Anguish Underneath the Man | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Arthur Miller discusses the character of Mark Twain. Under the boasting of Mark Twain was a great suffering. He was a symbol of an American dilemma: a great success, with anguish underneath.

Preview | The Address

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A clip from The Address, a 90-minute, feature-length documentary on an extraordinary school and its efforts to memorialize the Gettysburg Address. The film interweaves a contemporary story with the history, context, and importance of the Address. Originally aired on April 15, 2014.

Aren't We Funny Animals? | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Hal Holbrook discusses how Twain's writing makes him feel, and the empathy of Twain's writing. It is the humor that Twain finds in mankind that makes his work so enjoyable.

Inclusion | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Arthur Miller discusses the ways Mark Twain included himself in his commentaries and critique of human behavior, and in doing so, achieved greatness in his work.

"Huckleberry Finn" | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Huckleberry Finn is one of Mark Twain's most beloved characters, and the book his masterpiece. Twain's novel was told from a southern perspective, and took away any romanticism with slavery.

The Problem of Race | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Twain knew if America was going to be a great nation, the problem of race had to be talked about and brought to light. Mark Twain saw what America was about and he was not afraid to hold up a mirror.

Hannibal, Missouri | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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The idea of place formed Mark Twain, and through Mark Twain we see Hannibal, Missouri as something of an Eden, a place of eternal summer.