Mark Twainas Own Autobiography stands as the last of Twainas great yarns. Here he tells his story in his own way, freely expressing his joys and sorrows, his affections and hatreds, his rages and reverenceaending, as always, tongue-in-cheek: aNow, then, that is the tale. Some of it is true.a More than the story of a literary career, this memoir is anchored in the writeras relation to his familyawhat they meant to him as a husband, father, and artist. It also brims with many of Twainas best comic anecdotes about his rambunctious boyhood in Hannibal, his misadventures in the Nevada territory, his notorious Whittier birthday speech, his travels abroad, and more. Twain published twenty-five aChapters from My Autobiographya in the North American Review in 1906 and 1907. aI intend that this autobiography . . . shall be read and admired a good many centuries because of its form and methodaform and method whereby the past and the present are constantly brought face to face, resulting in contrasts which newly fire up the interest all along, like contact of flint with steel.a For this second edition, Michael Kiskisas introduction references a wealth of critical work done on Twain since 1990. He also adds a discussion of literary domesticity, locating the autobiography within the history of Twainas literary work and within Twainas own understanding and experience of domestic concerns.Appendix C: The Editions and the Chronology of Composition Clemensa#39; comment, aquot;In this autobiography it is my purpose to wander whenever I please and come back when I get ... Appendix D: A Sample of Letters This sample of nine 255.
|Title||:||Mark Twain's Own Autobiography|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2010-02-25|