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Mark Twain Autobiography

May 25, 2010

Apparently in 1910 when Mark Twain died, he left a pretty large autobiography behind with instructions not to publish it for 100 years.  So it looks like its time.

According to The Independent, this November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of the autobiography.  I wondered why Twain would stipulate that the autobiography had to wait 10o years to be released.  According to this article:

Scholars are divided as to why Twain wanted the first-hand account of his life kept under wraps for so long. Some believe it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Others argue that the time lag prevented him from having to worry about offending friends.

I think that this book is going to be nuts.  From what people have already read, the work features Twain’s doubts about God, his random thoughts about Christian missionaries and apparently he calls southerners heathens and “makes cruel observations about his supposed friends, acquaintances and one of his landladies.”  He also added nearly 400 pages in an addendum that highlights his scandalous relationship with Isabel Van Kleek Lyon who he calls a slut.  Egads!  No wonder he waited 100 years to print this.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2010 9:38 am

    calls southerners heathens! I can get on board

  2. June 1, 2010 3:13 am

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  3. June 26, 2010 6:28 pm

    Please remind me to buy this!

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