Biography of a Great Smoker Mark Twain
There are very few men through history who have been as quoted as regularly as Mark Twain. The father of American literature spun words coined phrases and recited passages that have resonated with every generation since he first put pen to paper in the mid 1800s. Whilst many of his most famed mantras have focussed on religion, politics and civil rights, you could almost fill a book with quotes about one of his great passions tobacco.
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I have done it a thousand times.
Twain wry humour has long endeared him to millions of people all around the World, he has the rare ability of finding the humour and the truth in difficult and dark situations. His beloved novels the eponymous adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are rich with stories depicting the humorous side of very real events.
Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, Twain was a dedicated smoker for almost the entirety of his life, starting young and enjoying cigars and cigarettes for the remainder of his years. As a young man, twain enjoyed chewing tobacco and smoking cheap tobacco still in his family home How well I remember my grandmother asking me not to use tobacco, good old soul She said, you are at it again, are you, you whelp? Now, do not ever let me catch you chewing tobacco before breakfast again, or I lay I will blacksnake you within an inch of your life I have never touched it at that hour of the morning from that time to the present day.
I have made it a rule to never smoke more than one cigar at a time.
Twain ensured that his rich and adventure filled life never got in the way of a deserved cigar or cigarette. Starting as a journalist Twain travelled with his writing as a young man accompanied everywhere by his tobacco case and cigars.
Twain was an advocate of both expensive and inexpensive tobaccos, often bewildering his peers by insisting on smoking both pricey and cheap brands. Twain lost a lot of his fortune when investing in risky ventures and travelling extensively, but this did not compromise his commitment to tobacco.
Over a century after his death, twain legacy continues to live on with streets, libraries, schools and even villages bearing his name. The whole World has accepted Mark Twain into their hearts as he accepted tobacco into his.