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Autobiography of Mark Twain

Author: Mark TwainHarriet Elinor SmithBenjamin GriffinVictor FischerMichael B FrankAll authors
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Complete and authoritative edView all editions and formats
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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: Biography
Named Person: Mark Twain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Twain; Harriet Elinor Smith; Benjamin Griffin; Victor Fischer; Michael B Frank; Sharon K Goetz; Leslie Diane Myrick; Bancroft Library.
ISBN: 9780520267190 0520267192
OCLC Number: 748799467
Notes: "A publication of the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library" -- t.p.
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities, 2010
Description: xix, 736 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Vol. I: Preliminary manuscripts and dictations, 1870-1905 --
Autobiographical dictations, January-March 1906. 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.
Other Titles: Mark Twain
Responsibility: Harriet Elinor Smith, editor ; associate editors, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick.

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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.

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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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

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