The surprising final chapter of a great American life.
When the first volume of Mark Twains uncensoredAutobiographywas published in 2010, it was hailed as an essential addition to the shelf of his works and a crucial document for our understanding of the great humorists life and times. This third and final volume crowns and completes his lifes work. Like its companion volumes, it chronicles Twain's inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leads.
Created from March 1907 to December 1909, these dictations present Mark Twain at the end of his life: receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University; railing against Theodore Roosevelt; founding numerous clubs; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous about the authorship of Shakespeares plays; relaxing in Bermuda; observing (and investing in) new technologies. TheAutobiographys Closing Words movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. Also included in this volume is the previously unpublished Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript, Mark Twains caustic indictment of his putrescent pair of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his house during their residency.
Fitfully published in fragments at intervals throughout the twentieth century,Autobiography of Mark Twainhas now been critically reconstructed and made available as it was intended to be read. Fully annotated by the editors of the Mark Twain Project, the completeAutobiographyemerges as a landmark publication in American literature.
Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith
Associate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Amanda Gagel, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick, Christopher M. Ohge
Benjamin GriffinandHarriet Elinor Smithare editors at the Mark Twain Project, which is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the worlds largest archive of prl£2