By Mark Twain
"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a chum. "And i'm going to supply it away--to you. you'll by no means understand how a lot entertainment you will have misplaced until eventually you get to dictating your autobiography." therefore, after dozens of fake starts off and hundreds and hundreds of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his lifestyles. His cutting edge notion--to "talk in simple terms in regards to the factor which pursuits you for the moment"--meant that his recommendations may possibly diversity freely. the stern guideline that a lot of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that once they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was once for that reason loose to talk his "whole frank mind." The yr 2010 marks the one hundredth anniversary of Twain's dying. In occasion of this significant milestone and in honor of the loved 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 provides Mark Twain's genuine and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, principles, and reviews, and talking essentially from the grave as he meant.
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38 FIGURE 1. ” Clemens deleted the epigraph shown here—two stanzas from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám—and “From Chapter II” when revising the forty-four-page typescript (now lost) that was made from the manuscript; they are therefore omitted from the present text. Two notes at the top were written by Paine: “Vienna | 1897–8” and “no 109” (a filing designation). Rosamond Chapman, DeVoto’s assistant, wrote “Publ. Auto, 81ff”—where Paine published the text. Clemens’s unsettled attitude toward his “unfinished” autobiography is clear, but not readily explained.
As from the Grave 1904 The Florentine Dictations [John Hay] Notes on “Innocents Abroad” [Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Bailey Aldrich] [Villa di Quarto] 1906 Autobiographical Dictations, January–March 9 January 7 February 8 March 10 January 8 February 9 March 11 January 9 February 12 March 12 January 12 February 14 March 13 January 13 February 15 March 15 January 14 February 16 March 16 January 15 February 20 March 17 January 16 February 21 March 18 January 20 February 22 March 19 January 21 February 23 March 23 January 22 February 26 March 24 January 23 February 27 March 1 February 26 February 28 March 2 February 5 March 29 March 5 February 6 March 30 March 6 February 7 March ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Intensive editorial work on the Autobiography of Mark Twain began some six years ago and will continue for several more years.
Fischer, Victor, 1942– IV. Frank, Michael B. V. Goetz, Sharon K. VI. Myrick, Leslie Diane. VII. Bancroft Library. VIII. Title. 48–1992 (R 1997) (Permanence of Paper). Editorial work for this volume has been supported by a generous gift to the Mark Twain Project of The Bancroft Library from the KORET FOUNDATION and by matching and outright grants from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, an independent federal agency. Without that support, this volume could not have been produced. The Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley, gratefully acknowledges generous support from the following, for editorial work on the Autobiography of Mark Twain and for the acquisition of important new documents: The University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1958 Members of the Mark Twain Luncheon Club The Barkley Fund The Mark Twain Foundation The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Lawrence E.