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Autobiography of Mark Twain

Author: Mark Twain; Harriet Elinor Smith; Benjamin Griffin
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2010-2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Complete and authoritative edition
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Presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Twain; Harriet Elinor Smith; Benjamin Griffin
ISBN: 9780520267190 0520267192 0520272781 9780520272781 9780520279940 0520279948
OCLC Number: 472790247
Notes: "A publication of the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library."
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2010.
Description: 3 volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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 --
v. 2. Autobiography of Mark Twain ; Explanatory notes ; Appendixes: Samuel L. Clemens, a brief chronology ; Family biographies ; Previous publication --
v. 3. The Ashcroft-Lyon manuscript ; Explanatory notes ; Appendixes ; Note on the text ; Word division in this volume.
Other Titles: Autobiography
Mark Twain
Responsibility: Harriet Elinor Smith, editor ; associate editors, Benjamin Griffin [and others].

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