By Mark Twain
This Reader's Edition, a conveyable paperback in higher sort, republishes the textual content of the hardcover Autobiography in a sort that's handy for the final reader, with out the editorial explanatory notes. It incorporates a short advent describing the evolution of Mark Twain's principles approximately writing his autobiography, in addition to a chronology of his lifestyles, short relations biographies, and an excerpt from the coming near near Autobiography of Mark Twain, quantity 2--a debatable yet usually funny assault on Christian doctrine.
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Extra resources for Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, Reader's Edition
Until January 1906 the tank seemed to “run dry” after relatively brief stints of writing or dictating, because he grew dissatisfied with his method of composing the work, or with its overall plan, or both. The first indication that he had such a plan survives only in the report of a conversation that took place when he was forty, while Mrs. James T. Fields and her husband were visiting the Clemenses in Hartford. 11 This remarkable statement shows that Clemens was already committed to several ideas that would govern the autobiography he worked on over the next thirty-five years.
Ten years before, in a remote corner of the West, he had come across a man named Eschol Sellers, and he thought that Eschol was just the right and fitting name for our Sellers, since it was odd, and quaint, and all that. I liked the idea, but I said that that man might turn up and object. But Warner said it couldn’t happen; that he was doubtless dead by this time, a man with a name like that couldn’t live long; and be he dead or alive we must have the name, it was exactly the right one and we couldn’t do without it.
Neider then (figuratively) cut apart and rearranged the texts he had selected so that they approximated a conventional, chronological narrative—exactly the kind of autobiography Mark Twain had rejected. The result of these several editorial plans has been that no text of the Autobiography so far published is even remotely complete, much less completely authorial. It is therefore the goal of the present edition to publish the complete text as nearly as possible in the way Mark Twain intended it to be published after his death.