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Autobiography of Mark Twain

Format:  Hardcover,

736 pages

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

Publish Date: Nov 2010

ISBN-13: 9780520267190

ISBN-10: 0520267192

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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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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.
Editors:
Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick

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Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Publish Date: Nov 2010
ISBN-13: 9780520267190
ISBN-10: 0520267192
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 736
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 4.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 10.5 x 2.25

About the author

Biography of Twain, Mark

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Awards and Recognitions

  • PSP Prose Awards, 2010 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2010 (United States)

Book description

"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

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very Nice Book I bought this book for my husband. He is a huge fan of Mark Twain and he was very pleased with this book. I was amazed at how big a book it is considering that it's just volume 1. He has not finished reading it yet, but what he has read, he has enjoyed very much. 02/23/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by wow I tried to get this book at christmas and it was always "not available" so I paid a lot more for it than when it was offered in December, but it was a gift. it was still cheaper than b&n. I also had it sent to the houseof the person it was intended for, that was convient. 06/17/2011
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