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"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a chum. "And i'm going to provide it away—to you. you are going to by no means understand how a lot amusement you could have misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography." therefore, after dozens of fake starts off and 1000's of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his lifestyles. His cutting edge notion—to "talk merely concerning the factor which pursuits you for the moment"—meant that his suggestions may well diversity freely. the stern guide that a lot of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that after they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he used to be hence unfastened to talk his "whole frank mind." The yr 2010 marks the one centesimal anniversary of Twain's dying. In party of this crucial milestone and in honor of the loved culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to supply for the 1st time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and precisely as he left it. This significant literary occasion brings to readers, admirers, and students the 1st of 3 volumes and provides Mark Twain's actual and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, rules, and critiques, and conversing in actual fact from the grave as he intended.


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Manuscript page 46, the second page of “The Latest Attempt” preface. FIGURE 7 . Manuscript page 47, “THE FINAL (& RIGHT) PLAN,” originally placed immediately before the page inscribed with “Here begin the Florentine Dictations” (shown in figure 13). FIGURE 8 . The typed epigraph. )” He placed the page after “THE FINAL (& RIGHT) PLAN,” where it was transcribed in TS4. Clemens wrote “All usable” and “SMALL TYPE to save space” in the margin. The circled “I” in the top margin may have been written by either Clemens or Paine.

The present edition prints this extensive front matter, complete and in the sequence that Clemens intended, for the first time. All of the material was known to Paine (his penciled page numbers are on the manuscript pages). But he apparently realized that it interfered with his own plan for the autobiography: a sequence of early sketches and the Florentine Dictations in the order of their composition, followed by a selection of the Autobiographical Dictations from January through April 1906. ” He omitted entirely “An Early Attempt” and the second and third sections of “Preface.

Leave it till I am dead, then print all of it some day. ” Stenographer Josephine Hobby wrote “Auto. Part” in the center and Harvey, editor of the Review, wrote inclusive page numbers “199 to 242” at the top right. Paine, who in early 1907 helped Clemens prepare a section for publication in the Review, wrote in the top left corner, and later added (in blue pencil), “Copied for use”—referring to another typescript, TS3, prepared from this one to serve as printer’s copy for the excerpt, which was published in the Review for 19 April 1907 (NAR 16).

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