Synopses & Reviews
Mark Twain's complete, uncensored Autobiography
was an instant bestseller when the first volume was published in 2010, on the centennial of the author's death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, the Autobiography
was hailed as the capstone of Twain's career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions.
The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain's life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view.
Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet E. Smith
Associate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz and Leslie Diane Myrick
"The great American author, aided by his scholarly editors, continues to spin out a great yarn covering his long life....Twain admirers will find this volume indispensable and will eagerly await the third volume." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Meticulously edited....A treasure deserving shelf space next to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Twain is incapable of going more than a few paragraphs without making you laugh or think hard....Don't loan this book out: you'll never see it again." Bloomberg Pursuits
"Another delightful round of humor and candor, reminiscence and insider sketches of the people and politics of Twain's day." The Sacramento Bee
About the Author
Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith are editors at the Mark Twain Project, which is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the worlds largest archive of primary materials by this major American writer. Under the direction of General Editor Robert H. Hirst, the Project's editors are producing the first comprehensive edition of all of Mark Twain's writings.