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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1
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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1
The Complete and Authoritative Edition
Edition: Unabridged
Creators: Mark Twain, Harriet Elinor Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick, Grover Gardner
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Imprint: Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Pub. date: 10/23/2010
Lib. SRP: 59.95 USD
Ret. SRP: 31.95 USD
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Lib. ISBN: 9781483076539
Ret. ISBN: 9781483076546
DRM Level: Media Operation & Rights Access License
Min. Version: OverDrive app 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
File size: 697705 KB
Duration: 24:46:14
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
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Short Description:
   

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography."

Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for one hundred years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."

The year 2010 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers...

Full Description:
   

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography."

Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for one hundred years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind."

The year 2010 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

The complete text of the Autobiography of Mark Twain, including facsimiles, Explanatory Notes, Appendixes, Note on the Text and References, can be found at www.marktwainproject.org. Additional material can be found at www.thisismarktwain.com.

Reviews:
  Roy Blount, Jr.
      "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."
  Publisher's Weekly
     

September 7, 2015
This third and final volume of Twain's half-million-word autobiography begins with an amusing reminiscence about a rascally jewelry salesman, dictated in 1907, and ends with a wail of anguish over the tragic death of his daughter, Jean, in 1909. In between, there occur all manner of engrossing events and experiences, including Twain's receipt of an honorary degree from Oxford University, employment of a man masquerading as a housemaid, luncheon with George Bernard Shaw, travels abroad to England and Bermuda, and audiences with Andrew Carnegie and other famous personalities of the day. Twain recalls his twilight years' main events in roughly chronological order, but each serves as a touchstone for digressions and reveries on experiences described in his autobiography's two earlier volumes. Twain's expansiveness occasionally deflates into numbing levels of detail, but he is usually as sharp and witty here as he in his fiction, particularly when gleefully goring his favorite bête noir, President Theodore Roosevelt. Life, in Twain's opinion, is a "procession of episodes and experiences which seem large when they happen, but which diminish to trivialities as soon as we get perspective upon them." This fascinating volume gives lie to that assertion, and closes the book on the remarkable life of one of America's most outstanding literary talents. With extensive scholarly annotations. B+w photos.

  Library Journal
     

March 15, 2011

This first of three volumes of Twain's (1835-1910) autobiography, published as part of the Mark Twain Project, blows away all previous editions, including that edited by Charles Neider in 1959, which is also available from Blackstone Audio. For the first time, all of Twain's words appear in full, arranged exactly as he composed them and intended them to be published, per his instruction, on the centenary of his death. Veteran narrator Grover Gardner adeptly presents the material; his delivery of the German tongue-twisters in particular are a treat. Yet, though the book might seem a perfect fit for audio, especially since Twain dictated much of it, some listeners may be put off to discover that the editorial front matter fills up nearly two discs. And while editor Smith's excellent introduction will fascinate scholars and serious Twain buffs, it may leave others impatient to get to Twain's own texts--with no idea of exactly when that will happen, as the contents of each disc are not labeled. Most valuable as a supplement to the print material. [See Major Audio Releases, LJ 10/15/10; the LJ and New York Times best-selling Univ. of California Pr. hc received a starred review, LJ 9/15/10.--Ed.]--R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA

Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  Time magazine
      "With the uncensored Twain finally here, we're the furthest thing from indifferent."
Creator Marketing:
  Mark Twain     
     

Mark Twain (1835–1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He has been called not only the greatest humorist of his age but also the father of American literature.

  Harriet Elinor Smith     
      Michael Frank was a Los Angeles Times book critic for nearly ten years, and his short stories and essays have been widely anthologized. His fiction has been presented at Symphony Space's Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, and his travel writing has been collected in Italy: The Best Travel Writing from The New York Times. He lives in New York City and Liguria, Italy.
  Benjamin Griffin     
     

Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

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