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Heaven - but Hell to read in the bath!,
This review is from: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (Mark Twain Papers) (Hardcover)
(I am talking about "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (Mark Twain Papers)" in hardback, and no other edition).
After the preliminaries from the editors, the first paper introduced is a description of his father and family circumstances, and moves on to discuss his involvement with General Grant and how he became his publisher. There is also plenty about his stays abroad -posting a letter in London or secretly admiring irrepressibility of the Austrian maid nicknamed 'Wuthering Heights' 'cause he name was unpronounceable.
Mark Twain has an honesty that makes it clear why he would want to wait 100 years before publication of some material. It also shows an ambiguity of character we all face (namely generosity and thrift can co-exist in the same person). He also shows why he can still be considered one of the most witty, charming and satirical writers of any age. I imagine he is at this very moment, up in the correct corner of Heaven (where 100 years down her is only a few days up there), having just received his wings, dealing with the aftermath of a mid-air collision with the Archbishop of Canterbury and an Irishman.
Please note that this is no stuffy tome (you don't have to read the editors' remarks - which are not so bad anyway), it's lively and very refreshing.
The only drawback? Be warned, this is a laaaarrrge book and I would advise against reading it in the bath lest the corners get wet.