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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait a bit longer, 3 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (Mark Twain Papers) (Hardcover)
I have been waiting for this book to be published for quite a while and I was amongst the first to order it. Mark Twain has left us a wonderful legacy with his autobiography but you may want to give this volume a miss. This is an academic book filled with words by people who are not Mark Twain but who are in the Mark Twain business. The book is so weighed down by academic comment that the enjoyment is somewhat spoiled; it is also quite massive and difficult to handle. There will, no doubt, be a trade edition of this book next year which will be easier to handle and more enjoyable to read. I would recommend waiting for that. We have already waited 100 years, what's another year?
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2011 14:31:03 GMT
I quite agree about the clumsiness of the book's format - and would add that the print is generally small, and smaller when quotations appear. There is a great deal in it, but as you say most of it is not by Mark Twain. What is, is often very funny and occasionally extremely poignant.
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