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  • Hardcover: 743 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (15 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520267192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520267190
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Twian's 'Final Plan' has been released in a truly spectacular first volume of his posthumous 'Autobiography'."--Vitali Vitaliev"Engineering & Technology" (02/01/2011)

"Sometimes the autobiography seems Twain's letter to posterity. At other times, reading it feels like eavesdropping on a conversation he is having with himself. . . . This first installment of Twain's autobiography brings us closer to all of him than we have ever come before."-- (02/24/2011)

"This is a book to treasure for all friends of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn."--Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine (12/01/2010)

"Dip into the first enormous volume of Twain's autobiography that he had decreed should not appear until 100 years after his death. And Twain will begin to seem strange again, alluring and still astonishing, but less sure-footed, and at times both puzzled and puzzling in ways that still resonate with us, though not the ways we might expect."-- (09/17/2010)

"This is a book for dipping, not plunging. Read, as Twain might put it, until interest pales, and then jump. It feels like a form of time travel."-- (11/27/2010)

"Twain generously provides the 21st century aficionado a marvelous read. His crystalline humor and expansive range are a continuous source of delight and awe. . . . [He] has given us 'an astonishment' in his autobiography with his final, beautifully unorganized genius and intemperate thoughts. Pull up a chair and revel."-- (11/14/2010)

"Twain would approve!"--Bookideas.com (12/29/2010)

"Twain's writing here is electric, alternately moving and hilarious. He couldn't write a ho-hum sentence."-- (09/15/2010)

"Twain's autobiography, finally available after a century, is a garrulous outpouring--and every word beguiles."--Wall Street Journal (11/13/2010)

"A major achevement."--Choice (04/20/2011)

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"Mark Twain dictated much of this book--now it is a book at last--from a big rumpled bed. Reading it is a bit like climbing in there with him."--Roy Blount, Jr.

"To say that the editors have done an extremely good job is a little like saying the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel does a good job of keeping the rain off the Pope's head. It is true but it doesn't give even a whiff of the grandeur of the thing."--Robert D. Richardson, author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

"Mark Twain, always so blithely ahead of his time, has just outdone himself: he's brought us an Autobiography from beyond the grave: a hundred-year-old relic that yet manages to accomplish something new. It anticipates the Cubism just taking form in Samuel Clemens's last years, by exploding the confines of orderliness, sequence, the dutiful march of this-then-that. In so doing, it gives us not simply Mark Twain's life--that is the prosaic work of biographers--but the ways in which he thought of his life: in all the fragmented recollection, distraction, creation, revision and dreaming that make up the true, divinely jumbled devices we all use to recapture experience and feeling. If this prodigious and prodigal pastiche were a machine, it would be the Paige typesetter--except that it works."--Ron Powers, author of Mark Twain: A Life

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