“I’ve struck it!” Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. “And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.”
Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his “Final (and Right) Plan” for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment”—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for one hundred years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent,” and that he was therefore free to speak his “whole frank mind.”
The year 2010 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.
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Tough going at first
I'm not sure the audiobook platform is the best for this book. There's much we don't see as we hear Mark Twain's thoughts and memories. We are constantly reminded of what we're missing by not actually reading the book.
If you are a Twain fan and you bought this to hear Twain and not the scholars who worked to create the work, start at section three of the audio book. After you've enjoyed the real Twain, then go back and listen about the fascinating scholarship that went into assembling the autobiography.
Mark Twain is America. This is how he really felt, with the gloves off. Anybody that reads Twain or likes American history will find this one of the best books on the subject.
True to Form
Sam Clemens has managed to achieve the same kind of mischief Tom and Huck pulled off in showing up for their own funerals. He just waited a little longer than they did. My Missouri grandfather was 2 when Mr. Twain departed and he is now 102. He may not make it for all three volumes but at least he's enjoying a taste of this tomfoolery before joining Mark Twain himself. It appears this Mississippi River showman has outdone himself even in death. What other secrets might he be hiding?