Autobiography of Mark Twain / 1 The Mark Twain papers by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a chum. "And i'm going to supply it away—to you. you'll by no means know the way a lot leisure you may have misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography." therefore, after dozens of fake starts off and hundreds and hundreds of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his existence. His leading edge notion—to "talk simply concerning the factor which pursuits you for the moment"—meant that his recommendations might diversity freely. the stern guide that a lot of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that once they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he used to be accordingly loose to talk his "whole frank mind." The yr 2010 marks the one hundredth anniversary of Twain's dying. In social gathering of this significant milestone and in honor of the adored culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to provide for the 1st time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and precisely as he left it. This significant literary occasion brings to readers, admirers, and students the 1st of 3 volumes and provides Mark Twain's real and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, rules, and evaluations, and talking basically from the grave as he intended.


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But the pages of each typescript were distributed into individual folders labeled by the date of the relevant dictation, blocking that simple insight. [ 26 • I n t roduc t ion ] which was copied from which, and to begin to make some sense of the various differences between them. By 18 January Hobby had settled on a standard format for each session: she recorded the time spent on dictation and a word count at the top left of the first page, with the page number centered, and the date of dictation at the right, usually followed by a summary of the contents.

I n t roduc t ion • 25 ] employed Paine as an editor of St. Nicholas, a magazine for young people. Hobby charged one dollar per hour of dictation and five cents per hundred words of typescript. She began immediately with a transcription of the morning’s conversation. “We will try this,” Clemens told Paine, “see whether it is dull or interesting, or whether it will bore us and we will want to commit suicide. I hate to get at it. 65 Clemens talked while Hobby took him down in shorthand and Paine listened appreciatively.

The relevance of this project to his autobiography was inescapable, and in the “closing days” of that year he began to write “The Machine Episode,” an unsparing account of the way Paige had charmed and beguiled him into an enormous investment without having yet achieved a salable product. By the time Clemens added the second part to this self-revealing account, in the winter of 1893–94, Paige had still not perfected the machine but was about to sign a new, more satisfactory contract for it. Left in a rather unfinished state, the manuscript was very likely among those Clemens reviewed in 1906 before deciding to omit it from the final form.

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