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

Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1, Reader's Edition


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

The year 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press published Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 , the first of a projected three-volume edition of the complete, uncensored autobiography. The book became an immediate bestseller and was hailed as the capstone of the life's work of America's favorite author. This Reader's Edition, a portable paperback in larger type, republishes the text of the hardcover Autobiography in a form that is convenient for the general reader, without the editorial explanatory notes. It includes a brief introduction describing the evolution of Mark Twain's ideas about writing his autobiography, as well as a chronology of his life, brief family biographies, and an excerpt from the forthcoming Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 - a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on Christian doctrine.


Smith and her companion editors have accomplished a herculean task... A more accurately arranged collection than any earlier edition. American Literary Realism Sometimes the autobiography seems Twain's letter to posterity. At other times, reading it feels like eavesdropping on a conversation he is having with himself... This first installment of Twain's autobiography brings us closer to all of him than we have ever come before. New York Review Of Books This is a book to treasure for all friends of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine Now, common sense, at last. We have, emblazoned big as life on the paperback cover underneath Twain's photo ... the words 'Reader's Edition.
The very idea of it is a winner

... It is less academically punctilious but indeed more reader-friendly. Buffalo News Dip into the first enormous volume of Twain's autobiography that he had decreed should not appear until 100 years after his death. And Twain will begin to seem strange again, alluring and still astonishing, but less sure-footed, and at times both puzzled and puzzling in ways that still resonate with us, though not the ways we might expect. New York Times This is a book for dipping, not plunging. Read, as Twain might put it, until interest pales, and then jump. It feels like a form of time travel. New York Times/The Opinion Pages Twain generously provides the 21st century aficionado a marvelous read. His crystalline humor and expansive range are a continuous source of delight and awe... [He] has given us 'an astonishment
in his autobiography with his final, beautifully unorganized genius and intemperate thoughts. Pull up a chair and revel. Los Angeles Times Book Review Mission accomplished, Mr. Clemens.

-- Roger Boylan Boston Review The bestseller chart is awash with memoirs -- but none offer the extreme reading of the Autobiography of Mark Twain. -- Debra Craine The Times His whole frank mind,
sharp and funny, is seared onto every page. A Entertainment Weekly Brimming with Twain

's humor, ideas and opinions, this is a book for anyone interested in the writer's work and life. With the uncensored Twain finally here, we're the furthest thing from indifferent. Time Magazine Promises a no-holds barred perspective on Twain's life, and will be rich with rambunctious, uncompromising opinions. Herald Scotland Twain's writing here is electric, alternately moving and hilarious. He couldn't write a ho-hum sentence. Library Journal Twain would approve! A major achevement. Choice Twain's autobiography, finally available after a century, is a garrulous outpouring-and every word beguiles. Wall Street Journal Twian's 'Final Plan'
has been released in a truly spectacular first volume of his posthumous

'Autobiography'. -- Vitali Vitaliev Engineering & Technology Pure Twain at his typically discursive, rambling, and droll... The bard of Hannibal still has much to say. American Heritage New New York Times Book Review'

About the Author

Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father’s death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army – although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days – it was the river pilots’ cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley’s Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned – this is exactly what happened.

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7th February 2012


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University of California Press


440 pages


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