Mark Twain's Own Autobiography

Mark Twain's Own Autobiography

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Mark Twaina€™s Own Autobiography stands as the last of Twaina€™s great yarns. Here he tells his story in his own way, freely expressing his joys and sorrows, his affections and hatreds, his rages and reverencea€”ending, as always, tongue-in-cheek: a€œNow, then, that is the tale. Some of it is true.a€ More than the story of a literary career, this memoir is anchored in the writera€™s relation to his familya€”what they meant to him as a husband, father, and artist. It also brims with many of Twaina€™s best comic anecdotes about his rambunctious boyhood in Hannibal, his misadventures in the Nevada territory, his notorious Whittier birthday speech, his travels abroad, and more. Twain published twenty-five a€œChapters from My Autobiographya€ in the North American Review in 1906 and 1907. a€œI intend that this autobiography . . . shall be read and admired a good many centuries because of its form and methoda€”form and method whereby the past and the present are constantly brought face to face, resulting in contrasts which newly fire up the interest all along, like contact of flint with steel.a€ For this second edition, Michael Kiskisa€™s introduction references a wealth of critical work done on Twain since 1990. He also adds a discussion of literary domesticity, locating the autobiography within the history of Twaina€™s literary work and within Twaina€™s own understanding and experience of domestic concerns.Appendix C: The Editions and the Chronology of Composition Clemensa#39; comment, aquot;In this autobiography it is my purpose to wander whenever I please and come back when I get ... Appendix D: A Sample of Letters This sample of nine 255.

Title:Mark Twain's Own Autobiography
Author:Mark Twain
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2010-02-25


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