Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

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University of California Press, Oct 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 736 pages
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Mark Twain's complete, uncensored Autobiography was an instant bestseller when the first volume was published in 2010, on the centennial of the author's death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, the Autobiography was hailed as the capstone of Twain's career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions.

The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain's life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view.


Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick

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For sheer scholarship value, you should own this book. - Goodreads
I hated the ending...because it all came to an end. - Goodreads
I enjoyed his storytelling. - Goodreads
It was physically difficult to read. - Goodreads
And the best writing I've read in years. - Goodreads
Lots of insight, guidance, fact checking and opinion. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

Whew, took me a while to get through and for the most part, enjoyed. As with any of Twain's big works, there's always some dry parts that I have to just skip because they are just not interesting like ... Read full review

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

User Review  - John Harder - Goodreads

It would be wrong to say that Volume 2 is a continuation of Volume 1, as Twain's autobiography is not chronological. Twain decided to dictate his autobiography, and if his fancy took in to a non ... 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.

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