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Autobiography of Mark Twain. Volume 1
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
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Complete and authoritative edition
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.
Physical Description:
xix, 736 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
This volume presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended. Eschewing chronology and organization, Twain simply meanders from observation to anecdote and between past and present. There are reminiscences from his youth of landscapes, rural idylls, and Tom Sawyeresque japes; acid-etched profiles of friends and enemies, from his "fiendish" Florentine landlady to the fatuous and "grotesque" Rockefellers; a searing polemic on a 1906 American massacre of Filipino insurgents; a hilarious screed against a hapless editor who dared tweak his prose; and countless tales of the author's own bamboozlement, unto bankruptcy, by publishers, business partners, doctors, miscellaneous moochers; he was even outsmarted by a wild turkey. Laced with Twain's unique blend of humor and vitriol, the haphazard narrative is engrossing funny, and revealing of Twain's mind.
General Note:
"A publication of the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library."
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.
Local Note:
Rare Book Room copy signed by the general editor, Robert H. Hirst, on the series page preceeding the title page. The inscription reads: Robert H. Hirst, 25 September 2010. Mark Twain's favorite toast - "Here's Luck!"
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