Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 (Paperback)

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The second volume of Twain’s final work, published after his explicit instruction to wait until the hundredth anniversary of his death. Clemens recalls episodes from his life with his trademark wit and style. Perhaps the quintessential American writer, and a bestseller in three centuries. Includes hundreds of pages of footnotes! (Brian)


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 2a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on Christian doctrine.

About the Author

John S.Tuckey was Professor of English at Purdue University. He was the author of "Mark Twain and Little Satan "as well as other studies on the writings of Mark Twain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520272255
ISBN-10: 0520272250
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2012
Pages: 414
Language: English
Series: Mark Twain Papers