Autobiography of Mark Twain

Autobiography of Mark Twain

Volume 1

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"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away--to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography." Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion--to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"--meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind." The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to offer for the first time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and exactly as he left it. This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

Editors:

Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780520267190
Characteristics: 736 p. ; 26 cm.

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Way too much chaff among the wheat. Twain's a great writer and his prose is often wonderful but his autobiography needed some serious, brutal weeding to make this a compelling read. Some great tales here and there but, man, do you have to slog through (skip) a lot of boring crap. Worth a look if you love Twain.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

Upon dictating the capacious story of his life, Twain stipulated that it shouln't be published unexpurgated until 100 years after his death. Seven months after the passing of that milestone, fans finally got their look.

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