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This edition was published in by University of California Press in Berkeley.

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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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

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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1

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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."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

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Autobiography of Mark Twain

This edition was published in by University of California Press in Berkeley.


Table of Contents

Vol. I: Preliminary manuscripts and dictations, 1870-1905
Autobiographical dictations, January-March 1906
Family biographies
Speech at the seventieth birthday dinner, 5 December 1905
Speech at the Players, 3 January 1906

Edition Notes

"A publication of the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Series
The Mark Twain Library
Genre
Biography

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
818/.4/0924
Library of Congress
PS1331 .A2 2010, PS1331 .A2 2010c

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23971731M
Internet Archive
autobiographyofm00twai_0
ISBN 13
9780520267190
LC Control Number
2009047700

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