Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

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University of California Press, Nov 15, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 760 pages
"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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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
 

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User Review  - Iambookish - LibraryThing

This is a great book, but just too large to consume in a 2 week library check out! I was so enjoying Twain's description of his visits with U.S.Grant, that I didn't even dip into the autobiography section. Don't let the doorstop quality of the book intimidate you, it is very readable. Read full review

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

Mark Twain is too wonderful a writer for me, a simple reader, to find tedious, but guess what? I found him tedious. An autobiography written this way, in anecdotal spurts, I found strange and often ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preliminary Manuscripts and Dictations 18701905
59
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN
201
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Harriet Elinor Smith is an editor 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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