Autobiography of Mark Twain / 1 The Mark Twain papers by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a chum. "And i'll provide it away—to you. you'll by no means understand how a lot amusement you've misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography." hence, after dozens of fake begins and 1000s of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his existence. His leading edge notion—to "talk in simple terms concerning the factor which pursuits you for the moment"—meant that his recommendations may diversity freely. the stern guideline that lots of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that after they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he used to be accordingly loose to talk his "whole frank mind." The 12 months 2010 marks the one centesimal anniversary of Twain's loss of life. In social gathering of this significant milestone and in honor of the adored culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to provide for the 1st time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and precisely as he left it. This significant literary occasion brings to readers, admirers, and students the 1st of 3 volumes and offers Mark Twain's real and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, rules, and critiques, and conversing sincerely from the grave as he intended.


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60 This notion was still alive almost a year after Clemens had begun his dictations to Josephine 57. 58. 59. 60. AD, 6 Aug 1906. 29 Jan 1904 to Stanchfield, CU-MARK. See the ADs of 26 May (Whitford), 2 June (Paige), and 14 June 1906 (Bret Harte). 16 Jan 1904 to Howells, MH-H, in MTHL, 2:779. [ I n t roduc t ion • 23 ] Hobby in January 1906. In December of that year he spoke of it to a reporter, who then summarized it in the New York Times: As soon as the copyright expires on one of his books Mark Twain or his executors will apply for a new copyright on the book, with a portion of the autobiography run as a footnote.

Butters, head of the American Plasmon Company, whom he held responsible for his investment losses: “As soon as I get back we will pull Butters into Court, & I guess we can jail him. . ”58 But no such text from 1904 or earlier survives, and Butters is mentioned only in passing in the later Autobiographical Dictations. ”) There are others who might have received harsh treatment in now-lost dictations from 1904 whose portraits were then “done over” between January and August 1906. Clemens scattered a few sarcastic remarks about Charles L.

Harvey for Harper and Brothers to Rogers, 17 Oct 1900, CU-MARK. 35. 47. Harvey for Harper and Brothers to SLC, 14 Nov 1900, CU-MARK (the term of this 14 November letter agreement was “between this date and January 1st, 1902”); 20 Nov 1900 to Harvey, MH-H; SLC per Harvey to Harvey, 26 Nov 1900, Harper and Row archives, photocopy in CU-MARK. [ I n t roduc t ion • 19 ] dictations to Redpath in 1885. 48 Then in 1891 he suffered an attack of rheumatism in his right arm and, compelled by the necessity of working on his current book (The American Claimant), he did briefly experiment with the phonograph.

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