Autobiographical Writings

Autobiographical Writings

A Penguin Enriched eBook Classic


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Enhanced ePub
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Additional Formats
  • Enhanced ePub
  • ISBN 9781101601778
  • 544  Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

An intimate look at Mark Twain that only he himself could offer, with added photos, music, video, and more

Enhanced eBook features added by scholar R. Kent Rasmussen to this selection of Mark Twain’s autobiographical writings include:

– Contemporary advertisements for Mark Twain’s autobiographical writings from newspapers around America
– The only existing video of Mark Twain, taken by Thomas Edison’s production company in 1909, soundtracked with the popular contemporary song “In the Sweet Bye and Bye”
– An expansive glossary linked with the text for a richer reading experience

A must-have for all lovers of Mark Twain, this selection opens a rare window onto the writer’s life, particularly his early years. Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel Langhorne Clemens first used the pseudonym Mark Twain while a journalist in Nevada in 1863. When his first major book, The Innocents Abroad, appeared six years later, he began what would become one of the most celebrated and influential careers in American letters. Autobiographical Writings will help readers know the author intimately and appreciate why, a century after his death, he remains so vital and appealing.

Praise

“To [Clemens’s] fascinating recollections Rasmussen contributes an informative Introduction that courageously takes up the issue of Samuel Clemens’s veracity, a fuller-than-usual chronology of Clemens’s life, an up-to-date bibliography of scholarship devoted to his autobiographical writings, and a surprisingly ample "Glossary" that identifies everyone and everything from Susan Crane to John Hay to the Monday Evening Club to the starboard side of a river vessel… a highly usable and deeply enjoyable compilation of some of Twain’s very best prose.”
Mark Twain Forum

“Rasmussen seems to have been born with the destiny of bringing order and light to Twain scholarship… So now he’s written yet another book that I would say ought to be near to hand for any scholar doing work on Sam Clemens, the biographical individual.”
—Lawrence Berkove, University of Michigan-Dearborn
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