More on Mark Twain’s Memoirs

July 10, 2010

“It is the will of God that we must have critics, and missionaries, and Congressmen, and humorists, and we must bear the burden.”
— Mark Twain

A few weeks ago, I posted a note about the forthcoming publication of Mark Twain’s memoirs by the University of California, Berkeley, which has custody of Twain’s papers.  At Twain’s direction, the manuscript was withheld from publication for 100 years after his death in 1910.  Twain was not known for being particularly bashful about expressing his opinions, but the memoirs are apparently fairly outspoken even by his standards.

The New  York Times has an article that gives a bit more detail about the forthcoming Volume 1, to be published in November, along with a little more about the contents.   Much of the material in the first volume has been published before, but the editors say that Volumes 2 and 3 (each volume is expected to be about 600 pages) will contain a significant proportion of material that has never been published.

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