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After 100-year wait, Mark Twain’s autobiography already a best seller
Mark Twain, the late humorist who is widely considered among America’s
greatest authors of the 20th century, is poised to reach post-Millenium
audiences with the first volume of his autobiography.
birthname was Samuel L. Clemens, forbade publication of the book until
100 years after his death. Now that a century has passed, on Nov. 15
University of California Press will launch the first autobiography of
Twain, who died at age 75 in 1910.
Pent up demand for his work has already sent "Autobiography of Mark
Twain, Vol. 1" to No. 1 on Amazon
in both the biography/memoir and literary fiction categories due to
Robert Hirst led a team of editors at UC Berekely along with Harriet
Elinor Smith, an editor at the Mark Twain Project that is housed within
the Mark Twain Papers -- the world’s largest archive of primary
materials by Twain -- to compile his official biography.
Mark Twain created iconic American characters such as Tom Sawyer and
Huckleberry Finn, protagonists of his novels "The Adventures of..." and
penned many other famous books including our favorite, "The Innocents
Abroad." His autobiography will get published over three volumes in
hardcover and e-book.
Check out the UC Press website
to read excerpts from Twain’s long-awaited autobiography. Click here
for an audio interview with Harriet Elinor.
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