Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a pal. "And i'll supply it away—to you. you'll by no means understand how a lot entertainment you've got misplaced until eventually you get to dictating your autobiography." therefore, after dozens of fake begins and 1000's of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his existence. His cutting edge notion—to "talk in simple terms in regards to the factor which pursuits you for the moment"—meant that his innovations may perhaps variety freely. the stern guide that lots of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that after they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was once accordingly unfastened to talk his "whole frank mind." The 12 months 2010 marks the one centesimal anniversary of Twain's demise. In occasion of this crucial milestone and in honor of the adored culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to supply for the 1st time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and precisely as he left it. This significant literary occasion brings to readers, admirers, and students the 1st of 3 volumes and provides Mark Twain's actual and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, rules, and critiques, and talking basically from the grave as he intended.


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Manuscript page 50, section II of “As from the Grave,” which Clemens first numbered 3 and later changed to 50. FIGURE 12 . Manuscript page 51, section III of “As from the Grave,” which Clemens first numbered 4 and later changed to 51. FIGURE 13 . Manuscript page 52, “Here begin the Florentine Dictations,” which Clemens first numbered 48 and later changed to 52 when he inserted the four-page “PREFACE. ” We now understand why there are often two, three, or even four nearly identical typescripts for the January through August 1906 Autobiographical Dictations.

At 10,000 words a month we shall place about 110,000 or 120,000 words before the public in 12 months. . To-morrow Harvey will carry away one full set of the MSS to Howells & get him to help select instalments. I can’t do the selecting myself. ” Domestic anecdotes were a principal theme. He used the moving description of Olivia, and of Susy and her death, with nearly all the excerpts from Susy’s biography of her father that were quoted in the February and March dictations. Other favored topics included Clemens’s amusing misdeeds, such as his swearing about the missing shirt buttons; Susy’s charming eccentricities of spelling; Clemens’s puzzlement over the “spoon-shaped drive”; and the challenges of the burglar alarm at the Hartford house.

With all that in train, Clemens left Dublin on 26 June to be away for a month, in Boston and New York City, occasionally visiting Henry Rogers at his home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and joining him on his yacht, the Kanawha. Following Rogers’s advice, he met several times with the Harper executives and lawyers in order to resolve their mutual disagreements about the recent republication of Mark Twain’s Library of Humor . While in New York he also met with S. S. McClure and left with him some pages from the dictations about Susy—probably those of 2–7 February.

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