- Publisher: University of California Press
- Format: Paperback | 440 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 32mm | 540g
- Publication date: 26 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: Berkerley
- ISBN 10: 0520272250
- ISBN 13: 9780520272255
- Edition statement: Reader's ed.
- Illustrations note: 21 line figures, 45 black / white photographs, 2 diagrams
- Sales rank: 358,986
The year 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press published "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1", the first of a projected three-volume edition of the complete, uncensored autobiography. The book became an immediate bestseller and was hailed as the capstone of the life's work of America's favorite author. This Reader's Edition, a portable paperback in larger type, republishes the text of the hardcover "Autobiography" in a form that is convenient for the general reader, without the editorial explanatory notes. It includes a brief introduction describing the evolution of Mark Twain's ideas about writing his autobiography, as well as a chronology of his life, brief family biographies, and an excerpt from the forthcoming "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2" - a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on Christian doctrine.
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Harriet Elinor Smith is an editor 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.
"Smith and her companion editors have accomplished a herculean task... A more accurately arranged collection than any earlier edition." American Literary Realism 20120817 "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 20110224 "This is a book to treasure for all friends of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn." Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine 20101201 "Now, common sense, at last. We have, emblazoned big as life on the paperback cover underneath Twain's photo ... the words 'Reader's Edition.' The very idea of it is a winner... It is less academically punctilious but indeed more reader-friendly." Buffalo News 20120429 "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 20100917 "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 20101127 "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 20101114 "Mission accomplished, Mr. Clemens." -- Roger Boylan Boston Review 20101101 "The bestseller chart is awash with memoirs -- but none offer the extreme reading of the Autobiography of Mark Twain." -- Debra Craine The Times 20101018 "His "whole frank mind,' sharp and funny, is seared onto every page. A" Entertainment Weekly 20101110 "Brimming with Twain's humor, ideas and opinions, this is a book for anyone interested in the writer's work and life." Curledup.com 20110112 "With the uncensored Twain finally here, we're the furthest thing from indifferent." Time Magazine 20100920 "Promises a no-holds barred perspective on Twain's life, and will be rich with rambunctious, uncompromising opinions." Herald Scotland 20100719 "Twain's writing here is electric, alternately moving and hilarious. He couldn't write a ho-hum sentence." Library Journal 20100915 "Twain would approve!" Bookideas.com 20101229 "A major achevement." Choice 20110420 "Twain's autobiography, finally available after a century, is a garrulous outpouring-and every word beguiles." Wall Street Journal 20101113 "Twian's 'Final Plan' has been released in a truly spectacular first volume of his posthumous 'Autobiography'." -- Vitali Vitaliev Engineering & Technology 20110201 "Pure Twain at his typically discursive, rambling, and droll... The bard of Hannibal still has much to say." American Heritage 20100901 New New York Times Book Review 20120427