Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition by Mark TwainAutobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition by Mark Twain

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

byMark TwainEditorHarriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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


Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick
Harriet Elinor Smith is 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. Under the direction of General Editor Robert H. Hirst, the Project's editors are producing the first comprehensive edition of all of Mark Twain's writ...
Title:Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:760 pages, 10 × 7 × 2.49 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520267192

ISBN - 13:9780520267190


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Was hard to wait for the next installment.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting #plumreview Stands to reason that the novel's beat the autobiography, so if you're starting out, go for the classics. But if you're a Twain fan this is definitely a treat.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit of work to get through, but worth it for Twain fan I love Mark Twain, and I was very excited to read his autobiograph, after a wait of 100 years! And while I enjoyed hearing Twain's own take on his life and times, the book isn't a fast or easy read by any means. The style of writing was very different in Twain's time, and so there's plenty of references to things that we don't necessarily understand. This necessitates a huge "Notes" section so you have to flip back-and-forth constantly to clarify various things Twain talks about, i.e. current events of the time that Twain discusses, people he interacts with, etc. The way Twain's writing was edited is very well-handled, but the constant flipping to the Notes is a big distracting and does make this a bit like a text-book. Still, Twain's unique and irreverant approach to life and writing does come through clearly and there are numerous very entertaining stories he tells. He also doesn't shy away from telling stories that tell the truth about him, and his often bad-mannered behaviour. Overall, if you are a big fan of Twain the man, you probably want to read this book. But I recommend having something lighter going at the same time so you can take breaks from the ambition you will need to work your way through this tome. It's worth the work, but it is work to read this autobiography
Date published: 2012-05-24

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