Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume II: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume II: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

Hardback Mark Twain Papers

By (author) Mark Twain, Edited by Benjamin Griffin, Edited by Harriet E. Smith, Edited by Victor Fischer, Edited by Michael B. Frank, Edited by Sharon K. Goetz, Edited by Leslie Diane Myrick, Other primary creator Robert Hirst

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 776 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 257mm x 69mm | 1,701g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520272781
  • ISBN 13: 9780520272781
  • Edition: 11
  • Edition statement: 11th
  • Illustrations note: 37 b/w photographs
  • Sales rank: 172,044

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Mark Twain's complete, uncensored Autobiography was an instant bestseller when the first volume was published in 2010, on the centennial of the author's death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, the Autobiography was hailed as the capstone of Twain's career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions. The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain's life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view. Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet E. Smith Associate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz and Leslie Diane Myrick

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Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith are editors at the Mark Twain Project, which is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the world's largest archive of primary materials by this major American writer. Under the direction of General Editor Robert H. Hirst, the Project's editors are producing the first comprehensive edition of all of Mark Twain's writings.

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"The great American author, aided by his scholarly editors, continues to spin out a great yarn covering his long life... Twain admirers will find this volume indispensable and wil eagerly await the third volume." STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews 20130701 "Meticulously edited... A treasure deserving shelf space next to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer." STARRED REVIEW -- Bryce Christensen Booklist 20130915 "Twain is incapable of going more than a few paragraphs without making you laugh or think hard... Don't loan this book out: you'll never see it again." Bloomberg Pursuits 20131001 "Another delightful round of humor and candor, reminiscence and insider sketches of the people and politics of Twain's day." The Sacramento Bee 20130928 "Contains more of Twain's ranging, astute, and unfailingly candid portrayals of his private and public lives. Excoriations of politicians appear next to affectionate family stories and bemused observations on the absurdities of life, helping to fill out our understanding of America's greatest humorist." The New Yorker, Page-Turner 20131002 "Set aside all ideas of starting at the beginning and reading through to the end. This is a book to keep on your bedside table, or in the kitchen, or the garage, or anyplace else you might want to pick it up. Follow Clemens' own advice in reading it, as he did in writing it: Start reading at no particular point; wander at your free will all over it; read only about the thing that interests you for the moment; drop it the moment its interest threatens to pale; and turn your eye upon the new and more interesting thing that has intruded itself into your gaze meantime. Believe me, there are plenty of these in this wonderful volume." The Hartford Courant 20131003 "One sees a mind bubbling and hears a uniquely American voice." Literary Review 20131001 "Twain traveled extensively and befriended many luminaries, and his colorful experiences give the book the same Dickensian scope as the first volume, and presents a vivid picture of America in the 19th century and Twain's indelible mark on it." Publishers Weekly 20131001 "This is vintage Twain-timeless, and still germane." BookPage 20131004 "Twain is frequently sad and cynical in these late-in-life writings (just a few years before his death) but his devastating wit and sharp-eyed commentary are on full display as well." Christian Science Monitor "The publishing sensation of the year." -- Jonah Raskin San Francisco Chronicle 20131011 "What we've inherited is no ordinary book. You may begin at the beginning and read to its end; you may reach into it like a grab bag and enjoy whatever you pull out. It doesn't matter." Dallas Morning News 20131012 "Twain ambles through eternal truths and trivia, telling of world events and personal piques. Witticisms appear at random intervals, and the ensuing laughter can be dangerous to the lower extremities if one doesn't have a vicelike grip on this weighty tome." The Christian Science Monitor 20131016 "In case you had any doubt about it, the new book demonstrates that Twain dictated as well as he wrote." The Washington Post 20131013 "One of the more marvelous literary projects of our time." The Buffalo News 20131020 "As much a sensitive and articulate historical work as an autobiography, the book is almost inexhaustible in its content... What seems like a mountain of anecdotal scraps and opinions results in a clear picture of Clemens as Twain." Library Journal 20131115 "If you surrender yourself to the sound of his voice, the pleasure of Twain's company proves pretty hard to resist. His narrative may be loose, but at least it never loses sight of its subject." The New Yorker, Page-Turner 20131114

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"Praise for Volume 1" "It feels like a form of time travel. One moment you're on horseback in the Hawaiian islands -- or recovering from saddle boils with a cigar in your mouth -- and the next moment you're meeting the Viennese maid he called, in a private joke, 'Wuthering Heights.' We can hardly wait for Volume 2."-- "New York Times" "Twain's autobiography, finally available after a century, is a garrulous outpouring--and every word beguiles."-- "Wall Street Journal" "I start reading Twain's Autobiography at any page and don't want to stop, for the sheer voluptuous pleasure of the prose."-- Roger Ebert