Exciting news for Mark Twain fans—when he died in 1910, the author left behind hundreds of pages of an autobiography, complete with a stipulation that the book’s publication be held until 100 years after his death.
Well, it’s 2010, and on November 15 the University of California Press is releasing book one in the three-part series: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume I: The Complete and Authoritative Edition. Here’s a bit more from the publisher:
His innovative notion—to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment”—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent” and therefore free to speak his “whole frank mind.”
The autobiography is 743 pages and will cost $34.95. While you wait for the release, check out our roundup of Twain biographies or a review of a fictionalized account of his life by Thomas Hauser, Mark Twain Remembers.
Will you read Twain’s uncensored bio?