In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this two-part documentary, Ken Burns creates an illuminating portrait of one of the greatest writers in American history. Keith David narrates.

In Part 1, journey with Burns as he surveys Sam Clemens’ early life and his evolution into Mark Twain.

Mark Twain, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

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