Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage giftguide Kitchen Kindle Black Friday Deals Week in Music SGG Tools
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and A... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: CDN$ 56.95
  • You Save: CDN$ 19.21 (34%)
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Autobiography of Mark Twa... has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Shipped from the US -- Expect delivery in 1-2 weeks. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition Hardcover – Nov 15 2010

7 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 37.74
CDN$ 29.81 CDN$ 6.95 Books Gift Guide

Frequently Bought Together

  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition
  • +
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition
Total price: CDN$ 83.55
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (Nov. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520267192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520267190
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description


“Sometimes the autobiography seems Twain’s letter to posterity. At other times, reading it feels like eavesdropping on a conversation he is having with himself. . . . This first installment of Twain’s autobiography brings us closer to all of him than we have ever come before.”
(New York Review Of Books 2011-02-24)

“This is a book to treasure for all friends of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.”
(Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine 2010-12-01)

“Dip into the first enormous volume of Twain’s autobiography that he had decreed should not appear until 100 years after his death. And Twain will begin to seem strange again, alluring and still astonishing, but less sure-footed, and at times both puzzled and puzzling in ways that still resonate with us, though not the ways we might expect.”
(New York Times 2010-09-17)

“This is a book for dipping, not plunging. Read, as Twain might put it, until interest pales, and then jump. It feels like a form of time travel.”
(New York Times/The Opinion Pages 2010-11-27)

“Twain generously provides the 21st century aficionado a marvelous read. His crystalline humor and expansive range are a continuous source of delight and awe. . . . [He] has given us ‘an astonishment’ in his autobiography with his final, beautifully unorganized genius and intemperate thoughts. Pull up a chair and revel.”
(Los Angeles Times Book Review 2010-11-14)

“Mission accomplished, Mr. Clemens.”
(Roger Boylan Boston Review 2010-11-01)

“His '’whole frank mind,’ sharp and funny, is seared onto every page. A”
(Entertainment Weekly 2010-11-10)

“Brimming with Twain’s humor, ideas and opinions, this is a book for anyone interested in the writer’s work and life.”
( 2011-01-12)

“Pure Twain at his typically discursive, rambling, and droll. . . . The bard of Hannibal still has much to say.”
(American Heritage 2010-09-01)

“The bestseller chart is awash with memoirs -- but none offer the extreme reading of the Autobiography of Mark Twain.”
(Debra Craine The Times 2010-10-18)

“Twain's autobiography, finally available after a century, is a garrulous outpouring—and every word beguiles.”
(Wall Street Journal 2010-11-13)

“Promises a no-holds barred perspective on Twain’s life, and will be rich with rambunctious, uncompromising opinions.”
(Herald Scotland 2010-07-19)

“Twain would approve!”
( 2010-12-29)

“Twain’s writing here is electric, alternately moving and hilarious. He couldn’t write a ho-hum sentence.”
(Library Journal 2010-09-15)

“A major achevement.”
(Choice 2011-04-20)

“Twian’s ‘Final Plan’ has been released in a truly spectacular first volume of his posthumous ‘Autobiography’.”
(Vitali Vitaliev Engineering & Technology 2011-02-01)

“With the uncensored Twain finally here, we're the furthest thing from indifferent.”
(Time Magazine 2010-09-20)

From the Inside Flap

"Mark Twain dictated much of this book—now it is a book at last—from a big rumpled bed. Reading it is a bit like climbing in there with him."—Roy Blount, Jr.

"To say that the editors have done an extremely good job is a little like saying the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel does a good job of keeping the rain off the Pope's head. It is true but it doesn't give even a whiff of the grandeur of the thing."—Robert D. Richardson, author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

"Mark Twain, always so blithely ahead of his time, has just outdone himself: he's brought us an Autobiography from beyond the grave: a hundred-year-old relic that yet manages to accomplish something new. It anticipates the Cubism just taking form in Samuel Clemens's last years, by exploding the confines of orderliness, sequence, the dutiful march of this-then-that. In so doing, it gives us not simply Mark Twain's life—that is the prosaic work of biographers—but the ways in which he thought of his life: in all the fragmented recollection, distraction, creation, revision and dreaming that make up the true, divinely jumbled devices we all use to recapture experience and feeling. If this prodigious and prodigal pastiche were a machine, it would be the Paige typesetter—except that it works."—Ron Powers, author of Mark Twain: A Life

See all Product Description

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 24 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's true that the term "autobiography" is misleading - this is more a collection of anecdotes across time with no particular system in place as to why one anecdote follows another. It's also the only way that Mark Twain could possibly have done an autobiography. Some of the work is being published for the first time, some has been published and mangled in different formats. Once you dive in and start to hear Mark Twain's voice speak to you, you'll start to understand exactly why this all works so well. Mark Twain wanted to speak frankly and so wanted his autobiography published 100 years after his death. It's a sign of his great quality that we still are interested in what he has to say.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 13 2010
Format: Hardcover
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -- John 8:32 (NKJV)

I haven't had this much fun with a new book since the corrected version of Joyce's Ulysses came out. Let me explain. The only thing better than reading an outstanding work by a great writer is seeing the anatomy of how the work was written. It's fascinating to see the false starts, the problems, their solutions, and the process of mixing it all together to make a wonderful, tasty concoction for readers.

Samuel L. Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) decided he wanted to write a truthful autobiography that would be so accurate in its portrayals that he directed it not be published for 100 years. Despite that admonition, his source material has been scoured to produce earlier versions of "an autobiography." It turns out that what Clemens had in mind was something much more difficult, writing an exhaustive autobiography that allowed him to also candidly share his unusual turn of mind and insert the kind of humor that makes his writing so appealing. As a result of many unsuccessful attempts, he chose to ignore the normal chronological order in favor of dictating segments (and side trips that are not necessarily very related) that appealed to him.

In the process, I came away with a strong feeling that it's hard to put your imprint on an autobiography . . . even if you are a wonderful storyteller and writer. The constraint of telling the truth (no more and no less) is also a daunting one, one that the footnotes to this fascinating volume indicate that Clemens often violated (probably unwittingly in many cases).

Even the "failed" sections make for fascinating reading, including his close association with Ulysses S.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ronbc TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 25 2014
Format: Hardcover
Discursive, self-indulgent, sometimes interesting, but overall a disappointment.

Suffers from its lack of structure, and from the fact that much of it is remarkably pedestrian. One of the best parts is the extended introduction, which examines Twain's thought process as he debates how to present his material. His decision to dictate the original material is intriguing, but its also one source of the book's lack of focus. Read his literary works, instead.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
That’s what this book should be called, because Mark Twain / Samuel Clemons was not very interested in talking about himself. The world was his subject, including all the people he ever met, and all the places he went (he was a world traveller).

There are unexpected riches. He loved his children and studied them like a scientist, but one with a keen sense of humor. One of them, Susie, died at 24, and he immortalized her by publishing a her biography of her father that she wrote at age 13. She was an accomplished writer, with telling insight and a love for him that was equal to his for his whole family. He quotes her over and over, and it contributes to the rich, many-layered texture of the book.

That family might become the most famous, most loved family of all time. They loved one another, and they all had a keen sense of humor, and after reading, or listening to this book for a while, you’ll feel like you’re one of them
There is his close friendship with Ulysses Grant, civil war general and US president, including a fascinating account of how he rescued Grant & his autobiography from an unscrupulous publisher.

There is his keen interest in and love of black people, who he knew as slaves when he was a boy, but admired all his life.

Some people, because of his declared disgust with humanity as a social animal, have said Twain died a bitter man. Well, it’s not bitterness. It’s a well-deserved set of judgements on humanity that he delivers with his characteristic humor and authority.

I used to say that what we need today is a new Voltaire. I used to say Mark Twain was the closest we’ve come to Voltaire. Now that I’ve encountered this book, I see that he was easily Voltaire’s equal. What we need now is a new Mark Twain.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse