|The story of the magic in our lives
||[May. 26th, 2010|11:53 am]
On April 21, 1910, the report of Mark Twain's death was not an exaggeration. It was a fact. The author of such American classics as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn had left strict instructions that his uncensored autobiography remain unpublished until 100 years after his death.
That's this year.
The University of California Press has announced it will publish Twain's autobiography “in its entirety and exactly as he left it.” Volume I, at 743 pages, is slated for release in November. The remaining two volumes should appear within five years, said Alex Dahne, UC Press spokeswoman.
Twain's uncensored writings show the same penchant for humor and sharp social commentary as his novels. Along with barbed criticisms of friends and acquaintances, Twain discusses God, politics and, on one occasion, a sex toy.
According to Twain, the simple premise behind the free-ranging autobiography was to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment.” It's not in chronological order because that's not what he wanted.
After several attempts to write the autobiography with his own hand, Twain ended up dictating it. As he wrote to a friend in 1904, “You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.”
If you were to write an autobiography of your life so far how many pages do you think it would be?
I think mine would be about 500 pages.. mainly because I have a tendency to babble, as you may have noticed. ;)
And a kind of cool trick that I'm totally going to teach to Little Random.