A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings by Mark TwainA Family Sketch and Other Private Writings by Mark Twain

A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings

byMark Twain, Livy ClemensEditorBenjamin Griffin

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

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This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain’s private writings. Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets. These first-hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing.

Mark Twain began to write "A Family Sketch” in response to the early death of his eldest daughter, Susy, but the manuscript grew under his hands to become an exuberant account of the entire household. His record of the childrens’ sayings#151;"Small Foolishnesses”#151;is next, followed by the related manuscript "At the Farm.” Also included are selections from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative edition of Susy’s biography of her father, written when she was a teenager. Newly edited from the original manuscripts, this anthology is a unique record of a fascinating family.
Benjamin Griffinis an editor at the Mark Twain Project, which is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the world’s largest archive of primary materials by this major American writer.
Title:A Family Sketch and Other Private WritingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520280733

ISBN - 13:9780520280731


Table of Contents


A Family Sketch
by Mark Twain

A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It
by Mark Twain

A Record of the Small Foolishnesses of Susie and "Bay” Clemens (Infants)
by Mark Twain

At the Farm
by Mark Twain

Quarry Farm Diary
by Livy Clemens

Mark Twain
by Susy Clemens

About the Texts
About the Illustrations
Biographical Directory
Works Cited

Editorial Reviews

"The book will delight those with only a popular acquaintance with Twain as well as Twain specialists, literary researchers, and historians."