Mark Twain Finally to Publish Autobiography

File this under “bet­ter late than nev­er.” Mark Twain spent his last decade writ­ing his mem­oirs, pro­duc­ing some 5,000 unedit­ed pages. How­ev­er, he stip­u­lat­ed that they could­n’t be pub­lished for at least a cen­tu­ry fol­low­ing his death. (Apro­pos see this very rare footage record­ed by Thomas Edi­son show­ing Twain in his last year.) Fast for­ward to 2010. We have now clocked 100 years. And this Novem­ber, UC Berke­ley will pub­lish the first vol­ume of Twain’s man­u­script. The Inde­pen­dent tells you more about this lit­er­ary event, and sug­gests why Twain want­ed to keep his auto­bi­og­ra­phy under wraps. Get the full arti­cle here.

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  • Anonymous says:

    It’s nice to hear that his wish­es were respect­ed, and the man­u­scripts were held. The fact that his estate goes to fund­ing muse­ums and libraries in his hon­or, makes sure that his lega­cy is well pre­served and only fur­thered by this pub­li­ca­tion.

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