The Contemporary Twain

Four years before he died, Mark Twain dictated his autobiography to a stenographer.  In his will, Twain declared that the work should not be published for 100 years after his death [he died in 1910].  Although versions of this work have been previously published, they had been heavily edited, rearranging the work to read in a chronological fashion, and up to half of his original work.  This November, the University of California Press will publish the first of 3 volumes of Twain’s autobiography as it appeared in the original manuscript, providing new insight into Twain’s view of his contemporary world.

Read more about the autobiography from the NY Times

Read excerpts from the autobiography from the PBS Newshour

View an interview with the editors of the autobiography from PBS Newshour

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