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Autobiography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Autobiography

Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, Mark Twain’s Autobiography is a two-volume set published over ten years after Twain's death in order to protect the "guilty". It was well received, as the public was hungry for some new books by Mark Twain. While Twain's autobiography was not published until after his death, "Chapters from my Autobiography" by Mark Twain were published in a serial format in 25 issues of the North American Review (v. 183-186, 1906-07). A new edition of the book edited by Charles Neider was re-released as "The Autobiography of Mark Twain" in 1959 by HarperCollins Publishers.

Twain thought his autobiography would be most entertaining if he went off on whims and tangents in non-sequential order. Some archivists and compilers had a problem with this and rearranged the biography into a more conventional form, thereby eliminating some of Twain’s humor and the flow of the book.

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