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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be dead, and unaware, and indifferent and that he was therefore free to speak his whole frank mind.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 marks the 100th 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.

Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith and other editors of the Mark Twain Project.

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 the father of American literature.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sara | 2/12/2014

    " I was disappointed in this book--and ended up only skimming it. It begins with a lengthy introduction and then to previous attempts at autobiographies and then finally on page 200, begins this dictated autobiography. Some entries were amusing, some boring and the rest in-between. I had hoped for it to be quite amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jay | 2/2/2014

    " I listened to this on audio. The first hour or more was an academic discussion of how the book came about. This is quite dry, but I learned that many of the stories presented here had previously been published in the earlier Neider-edited Autobiography which I had already read and enjoyed. I also learned that this autobiography would consist of snippets of writing that had been done over many years by Twain (and other writings he had added, such as letters), with somewhat random order of events, and interspersed discussion of the events at the time of his writing. Twain's writing, when I finally got to it on the audio, was as humorous and entertaining as always. But I really would have liked it more with some kind of order and self editing. If you are looking for the telling of Twain's life in a traditional biographic manner, go back to the earlier Autobiography -- one that involved an editor. If you would like to read something that could more easily have been called "Collected Musings and Diary Essays" by Twain this would work. This read like an extended discussion with someone who can't keep their mind on a single topic for very long. Note that the audio does not include the copious notes at the end of the book -- this amounted to a large number of pages in the book (more than a quarter, i believe) that you don't have with the audio. Not that that's a bad thing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bruce Jewett | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting how he skips back and forth over his life, nothing sequential. Reminds me of Billy Pilgim being unstuck in time in Vonnegut's book. When will the next volume come out? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Akhet | 1/28/2014

    " A great story teller. You do not want to be on his black list. "

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