What modern day writer would identify with Mark Twain? Why? 

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Mark Twain has had an immeasurable influence on modern American literature, with Ernest Hemingway going so far as to say, "All American literarure comes from one book: Huckleberry Finn. " You would have a lot of choices in answering this question, and so the best choice might be an author...

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Mark Twain has had an immeasurable influence on modern American literature, with Ernest Hemingway going so far as to say, "All American literarure comes from one book: Huckleberry Finn." You would have a lot of choices in answering this question, and so the best choice might be an author you know pretty well or have read before. Think about authors you like that share one or more of the following traits with twain:

1. The use of realistic diction. Twain wrote in an authentic Southern dialect, which was groundbreaking at the time but is a common technique today.

2. Unreliable narrators. There is a famously ironic disconnection between what Huck Finn says and what the audience knows to be true. Raised in the deep South and influenced by the beliefs of his culture, Huck feels guilty for helping Jim escape, when the audience knows Huck is doing the right thing.

3. Use of humor, especially in a self-deprecating way or to illustrate an important truth about society.

4. Vibrant stories with colorful and unique characters.

While you have a lot of choices and can apply those criteria to your favorite writers, you might consider David Sedaris, who is often compared to Twain for his deprecating humour that reveals a deeper truth and for the absurd family members and acquaintances that he includes in his personal essays.

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The case could be made that Garrison Keillor is our closest present-day match to Mark Twain. He is an American author, poet, storyteller, and humorist. He hosts the two-hour radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” which airs each weekend on NPR. His books and stories are often based in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. His characters represent the region he is from and is most familiar with, much in the same way that Mark Twain used the landscape and culture of the people living in the lower Mississippi River valley. Both writers use exaggeration for humorous effect, including the addition of bizarre plot twists that readers and listeners can hardly imagine taking place in real life. Yet the oddest events somehow seem plausible when presented convincingly by the writers themselves. Keillor has visited and broadcasted from the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. He makes many personal appearances around the United States each year, and he attracts large audiences who wait in anticipation to hear his Lake Wobegon stories.

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