An important American writer whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Nothing in his childhood indicated that he would become a journalist and writer. He did not go to school, and he learnt to read and write from a typesetter. During his adult years Mark Twain pursued many professions – he was a prospector, a ship boy and a steersman on a boat.
He visited Mariánské Lázně in 1891 with his family during his journey through Europe. He described his observations in his newspaper columns, and we can say that he looked at spa procedures and spa guests with a detached point of view. In his opinion, patients who complained all the time about their illnesses and always counted the kilos which they managed to lose or gain were funny.
About the cure itself, he wrote: "Local spas simply try to change people. Reformation – it is their song. They try to make you healthy by taking away from you all pleasant things and things you are used to. They make you forsake everything that makes life interesting. For that purpose they don’t spare means or persons." (Quotation is from www.hamelika.cz)