Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2

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University of California Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 733 pages
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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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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. - Publisher.

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For sheer scholarship value, you should own this book. - Goodreads
And the best writing I've read in years. - Goodreads
Pretty amazing compendium. - Goodreads
Tiny font for a massive piece of work. - Goodreads
The intro alone is 58 pages!!!! - Goodreads
Mark Twain's writing has always been a pleasure to me. - Goodreads

Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

User Review  - Donna Merritt - Goodreads

Wow. Many of Twain's observations, particularly about politics and human nature, still hold true today. His sense of humor is even more playful, satirical, and sarcastic than the books he published ... Read full review

Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

User Review  - Bob Gustafson - Goodreads

I enjoyed volume 2 nearly as much as I enjoyed volume 1, for the same reasons. A little bit of the novelty has worn off, but I still learned a lot about life in nineteenth century USA. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith are editors at the Mark Twain Project, which is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the world's largest archive of primary materials by this major American writer. Under the direction of General Editor Robert H. Hirst, the Project's editors are producing the first comprehensive edition of all of Mark Twain's writings.