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"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 leisure you will have misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography." therefore, after dozens of fake begins and enormous quantities of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his existence. His leading edge notion—to "talk purely in regards to the factor which pursuits you for the moment"—meant that his strategies may perhaps diversity freely. the stern guideline that a lot of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that after they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he used to be for this reason unfastened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 crucial 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 provides Mark Twain's real and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, rules, and evaluations, and conversing essentially from the grave as he intended.


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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.

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