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."