Recently Released Autobiography of Mark Twain Now Available at Mark Twain Museum

The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 is now available at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. The New York Times says that, “This Twain is strikingly contemporary.”

Mark Twain wrote a 3-volume autobiography and forbid it to be published until 100 years after his death, citing concern of offending readers.

The Mark Twain Museum Gift Shops have this new edition. The cost is $34.95 plus tax for Missouri residents. There is a $4.00 shipping charge for mail orders. You may phone Dena Ellis at 573-221-9010 extension 403 or e-mail to place an order.

Over the last three to four years of his life, Mark Twain dictated autobiographical reminiscences. His biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine, selected passages from the dictations and released the first version as Mark Twain’s Autobiography in 1924.

Thirty-five years later, in 1959, Charles Neider released a second version The Autobiography of Mark Twain. This rearranged the material into chronological order instead of Twain’s random dictations. These have proven top be valuable resources on Mark Twain but neither told the full story Twain intended.

Now, 100 years after his death, the editors of the Mark Twain Project are releasing a third of the full text of Mark Twain’s dictations. They had assembled all of the dictated pages in the order in which they were dictated. These were transcribed and notes added to identify people, places and events not obvious from the dictation.

This effort will provide additional insight into Mark Twain. Twain did not want his autobiography to be published until 100 years after his death so it would not offend anyone he mentioned, nor their children.

This milestone in Mark Twain scholarship should prove delightful reading as it is Mark Twain’s story told in his own words.

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