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Mark Twain Autobiography Released

November 25, 2010

Today my RSS readers were filled with news about Mark Twain’s autobiography being released. The Guardian has a review and it’s also a topic on BoingBoing.

Mark Twain Autobigraphy ReleasedApparently, he wrote his autobiography and then forbade it being published until 100 years after his death. I guess that’s one way to ensure that people will remember you 100 years later. He is such a great American author that we would have all remembered him anyway, and he must have believed that himself if he assumed that people would want to read his autobiography 100 years after his death.

Twain is known for being something of a yarn-spinner, not just in terms of being an author, but also in that he liked to put his own spin on the truth. “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” – Mark Twain

Okay, not to say that his autobiography is a pack of lies, by any means. He already wrote that he had to leave out “1500 incidents” that he was ashamed of. I’m just interested in how such a storyteller would tell the story of his own life.

You can read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain online for free.

Plus Mark Twain was a character on Star Trek : TNG for a two-part episode, so that’s always good.

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