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He then decided to add to his short “Preface” by enlarging on these notes. ” It is now clear that by the time Clemens read aloud the “44 typewritten pages . . telling of his boyhood days, & the farm” on 22 June, he had already decided to use that sketch to begin the Autobiography. ” This “old” typescript has been lost, but we now know that it was a typed copy of the manuscript he called “My Autobiography [Random Extracts from It],” written in Vienna in 1897–98. 81 At about the same time he also decided to further illustrate the evolution of his ideas about autobiography by including some of the dictations produced in Florence in 1904.
Written in 1900. “Scraps from My Autobiography. ” Clemens aged 14, 38, and 61. Not found, but written after 1898 since it refers to Vienna. Clemens aged 62. Mentioned in chapter XVII. Written in 1898. ” Clemens aged 30. Written in 1903. ” Transcribed in AD, 3 Dec 1906. Clemens aged 62. Although some additional numbered chapters may have been written and subsequently lost or destroyed, it is highly unlikely that in 1903, when Clemens labeled a text “Chapter XVII,” he had actually written seventeen chapters.
Second, the differences (if any) between these various “duplicates” were not obvious or readily intelligible: pagination differed, seemingly without pattern; some contained handwritten authorial revisions, while others were unmarked; and many were extensively marked by at least half a dozen different (mostly unidentified) hands, in addition to the author’s. 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.