Monday, May 24, 2010

Sounds like a Must-Have

The Independent: "Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.

The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist."


Richard R. said...

George Kelley probably has his on pre-order already. I'll wait for the movie.

Bill Peschel said...

Already put in my pre-order for it on amazon. This gives me the rest of the year to figure out when to tell the wife.

Stephen B said...

Out of many books I read over and over ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN was somehow a favorite - it works on a few different levels, social commentary, religious commentary, tales of river living, adventure, talk of prejudice. And humor.

"I heard Tom say that bees would never sting idiots. But that is not true - I've tried lots of times to get bees to sting me and they just would not do it."