Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition (Mark Twain Papers) [Kindle Edition]
Author: Mark Twain | Language: English | ISBN: B00DCCQEBW
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Free download Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition (Mark Twain Papers) [Kindle Edition] Free PDF from 4shared, mediafire, hotfile, and mirror link 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
Books with free ebook downloads available Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition (Mark Twain Papers) [Kindle Edition] Free PDF
- File Size: 17768 KB
- Print Length: 407 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477475532
- Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (September 2, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DCCQEBW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
It was about 40 years ago that I, as a young man, fell in love with the writings of Mark Twain. My interest was less in his fiction (not to denigrate it) than in his non-fiction works: the travel books, the humanist essays, the political and religious commentary. Early on, I learned that Clemens had some autobiographical writings that he insisted not be published until 100 years after his death because he found it was the only way he could be completely honest about his feelings and opinions. I felt sorry for the Twain enthusiasts who would not live long enough to experience those writings and I wondered if I myself would make it.
Well, if you are reading these words, we both survived long enough to now enjoy the first two volumes of Clemens' unexpurgated autobiography and for me it was definitely worth the wait. Clemens' peculiar method of composing this book was not to arrange it chronologically or by subject matter, but to just dictate whatever anecdotes and memories that came to mind. It might be a newspaper clipping mentioning an old acquaintance that inspired him to talk about that person. The anniversary of his beloved wife's death quite naturally brought him to that subject. Though some question this unusual biographical form, I find it delightful because it reads as though you are visiting Clemens and listening to whatever he feels like talking about that day--jumping back and forth in time, going on tangents, etc. Some of his recollections will be familiar to those who have read the heavily edited autobiographies previously published, but here you get the authentic words of this American treasure.
This is a very thick book, over 700 pages, but only about 450 of those pages are Clemens' autobiographical dictations.
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