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Title:
Autobiography of Mark Twain
Uniform Title:
Autobiography
Publication Information:
©2010-

Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010-
ISBN:
9780520267190

9780520272781
Physical Description:
volumes <1-2> : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series:
The Mark Twain papers
Language:
English
General Note:
"A publication of the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library."
Awards:
Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2010.
Contents:
v. 1. Preliminary manuscripts and dictations, 1870-1905 -- Autobiography of Mark Twain -- Explanatory notes -- Appendixes: Samuel L. Clemens, a brief chronology -- Family biographies -- Speech at the seventieth birthday dinner, 5 December 1905 -- Speech at the Players, 3 January 1906 -- Previous Publication -- Note on the text -- Word division in this volume -- References -- Index -- v. 2. List of Dictations [including autobiographical dictations, April-December 1906 and January-February 1907] -- Explanatory notes -- Appendixes. Samuel L. Clemens: a brief chronology -- Family biographies -- Previous publication -- Note on the text -- Word division in this volume -- References -- Index.
Abstract:
Presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

"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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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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