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Autobiography of Mark Twain - 100th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Mark Twain

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Book Description

Nov. 30 2010 1608429954 978-1608429950 100th
"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." - Mark Twain

Within your hands is a glimpse into the life, mind, soul, and "truth" of cherished American icon, Mark Twain. This uncensored autobiography is not only a legacy he left behind, but also a gift to all.

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He grew up on the shores of the Mississippi River and took his pen name from the way Mississippi steamboat crews measured the river's depth (the cry "Mark twain!" meant the river was at least 12 feet deep and safe to travel).

Twain wrote prolifically, publishing novels, travelogues, newspaper articles, short stories, and political pamphlets. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

On the surface, these novels are gripping adventure stories of boys running free on the Mississippi. However, on a deeper level, these novels are also serious works of social criticism. Written while America was still recovering from the Civil War and adjusting to the abolition of slavery, Twain's two best-known Mississippi River adventure tales also measure the depth of America's new economic and social realities.

His most personal and insightful writing came when he created his, "Final (and Right) Plan"-a free-flowing biography of the thoughts and interests he had toward the end of his life as he spoke his "whole frank mind". Along with the plan, came the instruction that the enclosed autobiography writings not be published in book form until 100 years after his death.

Now, in 2010, we honor the life and writings of Mark Twain by publishing his personal opus-to reacquaint ourselves with the wit, wisdom, and ideals of this legendary American icon.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 598 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Biography Bookshelf; 100th edition (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608429954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608429950
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know Samuel Clemens. Jan. 22 2011
By Edwin D. Huff - Published on Amazon.com
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Wistful, heart breaking, very personal and ribald as ever, this autobiography does not disappoint. Structured a bit differently from most autobiographies, that is not strictly organized chronologically, it is a delightful read at most every turn, since the author chose to write about things that interested him. There may be a few surprises for Twain mavens, though they are likely not the sort having to do with revelations about famous people he knew and wanted to come clean about, but instead, are personal confessions, having to do with those close to him, siblings, children, kith and kin. I am not looking forward to completing the last few chapters, as each one has been most enjoyable. So, I have repeated sections, sharing recollections about his older brother's challenges in finding his calling with my son, a sophomore in college, anxious about selecting a major, and re-enjoyed such sections by reading them aloud with family and friends. His writing is spirited, and even when conveying heart breaking moments, like the death of his daughter, he is uplifting through the expression of deep affection, and the effects of life long loss and fond remembrances that also linger. It's a wonderful book, and for those who enjoy any of his writing, they will surely continue to do so with this compilation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever instant publishing? April 16 2011
By Larry Seaquist - Published on Amazon.com
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Autobiography of Mark Twain - 100th Anniversary Edition Buying what I thought was the new Mark Twain autobiography, this book arrived. Same title, looks authentic, but appears to be an outside instant publishing effort which slipped its product onto the Amazon catalog. Telltale evidence: printer's mark on back page: "24 March 2011" -- just a couple of days before I ordered the book.

The book itself is fine, although very odd typography -- apparently they scanned in and printed directly from the old magazines or some collection, thus a bit hard to read. It is a collection of Twain's published reminiscences. All very interesting -- makes a good companion to the "real" autobiography, which I came back and bought also.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Fans of Mark Twain Nov. 3 2013
By Chad Hobson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was in Hannibal, Missouri this past spring. Mark Twain was quoted there most often from this book. I learned a lot about Twain and America. It's a great read.

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