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

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

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers 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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Publisher's Summary

“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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent” and that he was therefore free to speak his “whole frank mind”.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, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers 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.

Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith and other editors of the Mark Twain Project.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He has been called not only the greatest humorist of his age but the father of American literature.

©2010 2001 by the Mark Twain Foundation. All Rights Reserved. Transcription, reconstruction, and creation of the texts, introduction, notes, and appendixes copyright 2010 by the Regents of the University of California (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“With the uncensored Twain finally here, we’re the furthest thing from indifferent.” (Time magazine)

“Twain’s memoirs are a pointillist masterpiece from which his vision of America - half paradise, half swindle - emerges with indelible force.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Mark Twain, always so blithely ahead of his time, has just outdone himself: he’s brought us an autobiography from beyond the grave.” (Ron Powers, author of Mark Twain: A Life)

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    Novie Kailua Kona, HI, United States 06-05-11
    Novie Kailua Kona, HI, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2002

    Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!

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    "Twain wreck."

    Mark Twain's autobiography, right? You'd think Mark Twain wrote it, right? Well, apparently he never wrote an autobiography! This guy,Grover Gardner, with some other Twain fans, put together a collection of bits written by the author on the premise that everything he wrote was autobiographical. They say he "wrote" his autobiography, but did not tell it in a chronological fashion, you just have to guess how old he was and where he was at the time he wrote/lived this stuff. Give me a break. Mark Twain is old news. He was bigoted, conceited and not very nice. In this day and age, I don't think any of his stuff is literature. He made me angry when he wrote about the Hawaiian people in "Mark Twain in Hawaii", and I only bought this book to see if he had more bad things to say about the native people and their royalty. This complete and authoritative edition is just as full of BS as Mark Twain was.

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    Patrick Girouard Hammond, IN 01-19-11
    Patrick Girouard Hammond, IN 01-19-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A Huge Disappointment"

    I'm afraid I must agree with all of the negative reviews. I am not a Twain scholar, I am a Twain fan. He is one of America's greatest storytellers. It's a shame that we aren't able to simply enjoy him telling this one last story, the one about himself, without endless footnotes and editorial details.

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    Wendi Biarritz, France 11-30-10
    Wendi Biarritz, France 11-30-10
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    "Like listening to paint dry"

    I'm half way though the 1st volume and I'm afraid I'm going to give up. You'd have to be a huge fan to make it though the hours...and hours of this audiobook. I wish I could "gift" this to someone who might enjoy it.

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    Tom Lincoln, CA, United States 01-05-11
    Tom Lincoln, CA, United States 01-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volumn 1"

    Sorry this audio book was not very good. If i could get my credit back I would be very happy.

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    Martha Crawfordville, FL, United States 12-09-10
    Martha Crawfordville, FL, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Really?"

    This is unutterably boring, and there's so much of it! It's not just the hours of editorial commentary, but Clemens himself. OMG. Save your money. Reread Huck Finn. You have to give a review at least one star, which explains how it got that.

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    Charlie Brunswick, GA, United States 12-12-10
    Charlie Brunswick, GA, United States 12-12-10 Member Since 2002
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    "No way for me to finish this one."

    I was expecting an historical autobiography but was rants and ravings about how important and impressive Mark Twain thought he was! I hung in there for 4+ hours but had to give it up. Reader was good, story line sucked.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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