By Mark Twain

The unbelievable ultimate bankruptcy of a superb American life.

while the 1st quantity of Mark Twain’s uncensored Autobiography was once released in 2010, it was once hailed as an important addition to the shelf of his works and a vital record for our figuring out of the good humorist’s existence and instances. This 3rd and ultimate quantity crowns and completes his life’s paintings. Like its significant other volumes, it chronicles Twain's internal and outer lifestyles via a sequence of day-by-day dictations that cross at any place his fancy leads.

produced from March 1907 to December 1909, those dictations current Mark Twain on the finish of his lifestyles: receiving an honorary measure from Oxford collage; railing opposed to Theodore Roosevelt; founding a variety of golf equipment; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous concerning the authorship of Shakespeare’s performs; stress-free in Bermuda; watching (and making an investment in) new applied sciences. The Autobiography’s “Closing phrases” movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. additionally integrated during this quantity is the formerly unpublished “Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript,” Mark Twain’s caustic indictment of his “putrescent pair” of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his apartment in the course of their residency.

Fitfully released in fragments at durations through the 20th century, Autobiography of Mark Twain has now been seriously reconstructed and made to be had because it was once meant to be learn. absolutely annotated via the editors of the Mark Twain venture, the entire Autobiography emerges as a landmark ebook in American literature.


Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith
affiliate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Amanda Gagel, Sharon okay. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick, Christopher M. Ohge

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Davies and the Humanities Endowment Fund of the UC Press Foundation CONTENTS List of Dictations Acknowledgments AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN The Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript Explanatory Notes Appendixes Samuel L. Clemens: A Brief Chronology Family Biographies Clemens’s 1873 Autobiographical Notes, and Biographical Sketch by Charles Dudley Warner Clemens’s 1899 Autobiographical Notes, and Biographical Sketch by Samuel E. Moffett Proposition for a Postal Check Ashcroft-Lyon Chronology Ralph W. Ashcroft to John B.

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