Mark Twain’s Autobiography

In November, the University of California Press will release the first volume of legendary American author Mark Twain’s autobiography.  Twain requested that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death.  That occurred on April 21 of this year.

“When people ask me, ‘Did Mark Twain really mean it to take 100 years for this to come out?’, I say, ‘He was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book’,” editor Dr Robert Hirst told the Independent yesterday. “There are so many biographies of Twain, and many of them have used bits and pieces of the autobiography. But biographers pick and choose what bits to quote. By publishing Twain’s book in full, we hope that people will be able to come to their own complete conclusions about what sort of a man he was.”

Although parts of the autobiography have appeared in previous biographies of the author, Hirst said that over half of it had never been published before. Running to half a million words, the trilogy of books will cover Twain’s relationship with his secretary Isabel van Kleek Lyon, his religious doubts and his criticisms of Theodore Roosevelt, according to the Independent.

This article about the autobiography insinuates that it will surprise some people because Twain was full of vitriol and bitterness when he wrote it.  [via]

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