The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Deluxe Modern Classic

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Harper Collins, Jan 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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"Mark Twain's autobiography is a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Adams.... It has the marks of greatness in it--style, scope, imagination, laughter, tragedy."--From the Introduction by Charles Neider

Mark Twain was a figure larger than fife: massive in talent, eruptive in temperament, unpredictable in his actions. He crafted stories of heroism, adventure, tragedy, and comedy that reflected the changing America of the time, and he tells his own story--which includes sixteen pages of photos--with the same flair he brought to his fiction. Writing this autobiography on his deathbed, Twain vowed to he "free and frank and unembarrassed" in the recounting of his life and his experiences.

Twain was more than a match for the expanding America of riverboats, gold rushes, and the vast westward movement, which provided the material for his novels and which served to inspire this beloved and uniquely American autobiography.


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User Review  - debs913 - LibraryThing

So far it is okay. Kind of self-conscious (I guess auto-biographies are like that.) Also Twain seems to pepper the story with references to his other works, so it reads a bit like a promo to sell books. Not the best. I'll stick to his fiction. Read full review

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User Review  - scatterall - LibraryThing

This is a great time travel book, and by the end it is also one of the most heartfelt intimate memoirs I've read. It has an open direct intimate feel to it all through, like reading letters from an ... Read full review

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Charles Neider was an essayist, novelist, nature writer, and noted scholar of Mark Twain. He died in 2001.

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