Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, Reader's Edition by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

The yr 2010 marked the a centesimal anniversary of Mark Twain's demise. In party of this significant milestone and in honor of the loved culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press released Autobiography of Mark Twain, quantity 1, the 1st of a projected three-volume version of the full, uncensored autobiography. The e-book turned a right away bestseller and used to be hailed because the capstone of the life's paintings of America's favourite author.
This Reader's Edition, a conveyable paperback in higher variety, republishes the textual content of the hardcover Autobiography in a kind that's handy for the overall reader, with out the editorial explanatory notes. It encompasses a short advent describing the evolution of Mark Twain's principles approximately writing his autobiography, in addition to a chronology of his lifestyles, short relations biographies, and an excerpt from the approaching Autobiography of Mark Twain, quantity 2--a debatable yet commonly funny assault on Christian doctrine.

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He declared the work done, but insisted that it should not be published in its entirety until a hundred years after his death, which occurred less than four months later, on 21 April 1910. This belated success with a project that had resisted completion for thirty-five years can be traced to two new conditions. First, he had at last found a skilled stenographer who was also a responsive audience—Josephine S. Hobby—which encouraged him to embrace dictation as the method of composition, something he had experimented with as early as 1885.

But when he read over some of the typescripts that Redpath had created from his stenographic notes, he found the result far from satisfactory. He told Henry Ward Beecher: My Autobiography is pretty freely dictated, but my idea is to jack-plane it a little before I die, some day or other; I mean the rude construction & rotten grammar. 19 Clemens once again set aside the autobiography and turned his attention elsewhere. Vienna Manuscripts (1897–1899) Between 1885 and 1897 Clemens produced only one autobiographical manuscript, “The Machine Episode” (written in two stages, in 1890 and 1893–94), a tirade against James W.

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