Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mark Twain's autobiography to be released after the requested 100 year wait

One of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published. Twain left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

Why Twain wanted the first-hand account of his life kept under wraps for so long is the subject of much scholarly debate. Some believe it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Others argue that the time lag prevented him from having to worry about offending friends. Whatever the reason, I can't wait as I am an avid Twain fan.

Read the entire article over at The Independent

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