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Autobiography of Mark Twain



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Tremendous Book  August 7, 2011

This textbook is an incredible insight into the life and especially the times of Samuel Clemons. He describes places and persons he has dealt with, elucidating on all sorts of seemingly trivial aspects of his experiences with his surroundings, situations, and people. He paints us a wonderful picture of his time. Especially interesting is the descriptions of his youth in Florida Missouri, a town rural in nature which, I think helped him frame his view of the powerful people he met and provided a backdrop for evaluating other places he traveled to.

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The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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

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