March Non-Fiction Book Group THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN: VOL. 1 (AMENDED)

  • March 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN: VOL. 1

Mark Twain is his own greatest character in this brilliant self-portrait. It is published complete and unexpurgated for the first time. There are gorgeous reminiscences from his youth of landscapes, rural idylls, and Tom Sawyeresque japes; acid-etched profiles of friends and enemies, from his "fiendish" Florentine landlady to the fatuous and "grotesque" Rockefellers; a searing polemic on a 1906 American massacre of Filipino insurgents; a hilarious screed against a hapless editor who dared tweak his prose; and countless tales of the author's own bamboozlement, unto bankruptcy, by publishers, business partners, doctors, miscellaneous moochers; he was even outsmarted by a wild turkey. Laced with Twain's unique blend of humor and vitriol, the haphazard narrative is engrossing, hugely funny, and deeply revealing of its author's mind.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will be discussing only the section from page 201 - 467 beginning with the title "Autobiography of Mark Twain." 

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  • Alice S.

    Good discussion among a small group.

    April 7, 2014

  • Alice S.

    Dinner at the Press Club this Thurs is stuffed peppers and tossed salad. I didn't get the price, but I wouldn't think it would be more than $10. I plan to be dining there about 6 PM if anyone cares to join me.

    March 18, 2014

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    A former member

    I tried reading this. Not into in. Thanks. I hope the Steve Jobs biography wins for next non-fiction.

    March 13, 2014

  • Laura S

    Sorry folks, but I just could not get into this selection. Too much homework. See you in April

    March 11, 2014

  • Alice S.

    Not sure how the Reader's Edition works, but p 21 sounds like awfully soon when in the hard copy it's p 201???

    February 26, 2014

  • Alice S.

    Have to admit, that when I first laid eyes on this book, I was a bit overwhelmed by its size. After perusing various sections of the book, I have settled on reading from Page 201 (which is a title page "The Autobiography of Mark Twain") to page 467. That certainly cuts it down a bit and I think covers the basic autobiography that Samuel Clemens wants to share. This will be the content upon which I will lead the discussion.

    February 24, 2014

    • JP C.

      That corresponds to the Reader's Edition of the book (starting at page 21 in the printed edition, and continuing until the end), minus the Acknowledgements and Introduction. I am posting links directly to the specific sections after my original post, below.

      February 26, 2014

  • JP C.

    This is available to read (or start reading) online from the Mark Twain Project:
    - http://www.marktwainproject.org/landing_writings.shtml

    They don't seem to make it available as a PDF, but I will check around further for that.

    February 11, 2014

    • JP C.

      I haven't had any luck finding a PDF or ePub that can be redistributed. The Mark Twain Project webpage includes a confusing variety of materials, but the text in the Reader's Edition actually begins here, and you can click Section Next to keep reading through it:
      - http://www.marktwainp...­

      February 26, 2014

  • Alice S.

    FYI - dinner at Press Club tomorrow night is salmon picatta, seasoned rice, and mixed veges for $10, if that's of interest to anyone. I'll be there around 6 to tuck in.

    February 19, 2014

  • Alice S.

    Must be one and the same then.

    February 13, 2014

  • Alice S.

    I couldn't find an answer to JP's question. Is the edition you are looking at have Harriet Elinor Smith as editor with five or so associated editors? If so, it's the correct book.

    February 12, 2014

    • JP C.

      She is the Editor, along with Associate and Contributing Editors, of the 2010 UC Press edition, that I linked to the online edition of.

      February 13, 2014

  • Alice S.

    Oops correction - that wording appears after Volume I, rather than after the colon.

    February 11, 2014

    • JP C.

      Is it the 2010 UC Press edition? (Which I linked to, below, though the website doesn't include that wording)

      February 11, 2014

  • Alice S.

    To have the correct book - there are many versions of Mark Twain's autobiography - after the colon in the title it reads: The Complete and Authoritative Edition.

    February 11, 2014

  • josephine j.

    I can't wait to read this! I love our group intelligence...

    February 10, 2014

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