After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain Reveals it All

I just read that this year Mark Twain’s (real name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens) autobiography will be published. To remind you, the great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is ectually NOW! I can not wait to read this book.

The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn 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.  In November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is preserved, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words.

Can you possibly imagine how much selfconfident should one be to leave such a message? He was absolutely sure that he’ll be gossiped about during the 21st century!! As Robert Hirst, who is leading the team at Berkeley editing the complete text, says “When people ask me ‘did Mark Twain really mean it to take 100 years for this to come out’, I say ‘he was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book'”. And this is so true 🙂

Before I stand in the huge queue in front of a book-store for Twain’s revealing autobiography, here I post some of my favourite Mark Twain quotes, enjoy:

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

“If we were supposed to talk more than listen we would have been given two mouths and one ear.”

“Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

“My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine.(Fortunately) Everybody drinks water.”

“Often it seems a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.”

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”


2 thoughts on “After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain Reveals it All

  1. Pingback: Mark Twain « a little bit of this, a lttle bit of that, a little more of …

  2. But for your post, I wouldn’t have known of this coming autobiography. Imagine, all of that insight and wit brought to bear on himself!

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