William H Pritchard

Diary Of A Somebody

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume I

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Here is the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography, ‘complete, authoritative, and uncensored’, we are assured. To compile this first of three projected volumes, Harriet Elinor Smith and her assistants have gone through a ten-foot stack of files consisting of 5,000 manuscript papers containing half a million words from dictations Twain gave over a number of years. He died in 1910 with the notion that 100 years later, when he decreed that the autobiography should appear, he would be able to publish freely, at length and with full candour his thoughts about anything under the sun.

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