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By Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 0520267192

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"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a pal. "And i'll provide it away—to you. you'll by no means know the way a lot leisure you may have misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography." hence, after dozens of fake starts off and countless numbers of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his lifestyles. His leading edge notion—to "talk in basic terms concerning the factor which pursuits you for the moment"—meant that his innovations might variety freely. the stern guide that a lot of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that after they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was once for that reason unfastened to talk his "whole frank mind." The yr 2010 marks the one centesimal anniversary of Twain's loss of life. In get together of this significant milestone and in honor of the adored culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to supply 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 genuine and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, principles, and reviews, and talking basically from the grave as he intended.


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66 Before Clemens was done dictating in 1909, he and Hobby, along with three other typists, generated more than five thousand pages of typescript. ” But probably since DeVoto’s time as editor of the Mark Twain Papers, anyone who consulted that file was likely to be puzzled by two things. First, most of the Autobiographical Dictations between January and August 1906 were filed in folders—one per dictation—containing between two and four separate, distinct typed copies of essentially the same text.

These documents constituted the central puzzle confronting anyone who set out to publish the Autobiography of Mark Twain. The First Typescript (TS1) A first step in solving the puzzle was to find reliable ways of distinguishing between the several, nearly identical typed copies in any given folder. The paper used, specific characteristics of the typewriter and habits of the typist, and of course the unexplained differences in pagination proved to be essential pieces of evidence. The very first typescript Hobby created from her stenographic notes was eventually isolated and identified in this way, and it is called hereafter TS1 (for typescript 1).

TS1 would total roughly twenty-six hundred consecutively numbered pages, beginning at page 1 with the dictation of 9 January 1906 and ending with the dictation of 14 July 1908, which Hobby completed shortly before leaving Clemens’s employment. 68 Hobby soon agreed to give up her job with the Century Company in order to work for Clemens exclusively during the summer and possibly longer. On 13 March Lyon commented in her journal, “Mr. ”69 By 8 April Hobby had transcribed her notes through the end of the 28 March 1906 dictation.

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