Samuel Langhorne Clemens. I have no idea why he chose mark twain instead. I mean, mark twain is a nice name as any other, don’t get me wrong, but Samuel Langhorne Clemens? Now THAT is a name, and so fitting. You can hear the drawl. But maybe that is the reason, making himself more accessible worldwide. Not as an eccentricity from the beautiful south but an all American, global citizen, weaver of childhood forgotten charm.
Mark twain was a joker, a funny guy, witty, sharp, always ready with a little smile hiding under his moustache, but without Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the little barefoot boy, he would never have amounted to the monumental stature he has, never become as iconic and as important , not to say relevant and timeless. The coating was as sweet as candied apple, but it was the core that kept us all at awe. It was something true. Something real.