Mark Twain Autobiography Available 100 Years Late. Wrote This One Myself. Procrastinated.Submitted by Mark Twain on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 01:39
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"Whenever a Uniform and a De Luxe can be marketed, that's the time to do it; a delay of a year can be fatal, for a literary reputation is a most frail thing -- any trifling accident can kill it; and its market along with it."
- Samuel Clemens to Henry H. Rogers, 31 May 1898
Born November 30, 1835. Died April 21, 1910 (age 74) Redding, Connecticut, U.S. Resting place, Halley's Comet, 1835 - 1910.
Pen name: Mark Twain
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Autobiographies often published before respectful death. I would have none of it. Not officially complete. Many a man exaggerated facts about my demise. The first liar doesn't stand a chance.
I instructed my estate to wait 100 years. Well the time has come and it is now published. Now there are may published over the years, since my passing. The unusual thing about this particular one, among all the others, is that I wrote it myself.
Here is the newspaper announcement:
Skip me smoking my pipe around the outside of my new home. Go right to visiting my daughters, Clara & Jean in their Sunday best. Pay no attention to me.
Mark Twain at Stormfield, 1909 (Edison film) New home at Redding, Connecticut
Notice the “#t=00m50s” on the end of the Universal Resource Locater (URL)? That link will take you 00 minutes and 50 seconds into Edison's Silver Screen. Linking to a particular minute and second can get you over my smoking. My dear Annt Mary never got over it.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Speaks (with music)
Sound & Music ("Sound of Music," distant cousin)... Not my actual voice, but close enough to fool me.
"... Now I do smoke a cigar from time to time... since like the government, I prefer to chew on something smaller and weaker than I am."
Mark Twain (Short Essays)
Let me share with you some of my short essays about nation building, monopolies, money and enslaving. Many of the problems you are now solving, had me concerned in my day.
- Archimedes - Slaves ought to think they were free
- Twain on Cecil Rhodes - as a land monopolizing enslave...
- Address to Congress on Copyrights
My more familiar works