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PostSubject: Mark Twain will finally reveal all   Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:27 pm

After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now

Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, 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.

The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language 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.

That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.

Scholars are divided as to why Twain wanted the first-hand account of his life kept under wraps for so long. 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.

One thing's for sure: by delaying publication, the author, who was fond of his celebrity status, has ensured that he'll be gossiped about during the 21st century.

A hundred years?
This should be a rip roaring good read judging by how long he made them wait to publish it.

I'll take one please


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PostSubject: Re: Mark Twain will finally reveal all   Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:08 am

^^ Definitely one for me too! Wow, this should be a very good read.
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Twain will finally reveal all   Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:30 pm

100 years kept on the hush? shock

Now those are some people that should have been sent out for the Holy Grail!

Because you know the combo for that vault had to change hands. Claps to them all. I'm just surprized it didn't get leaked out before now and published.

Hopefully this thread can be remembered and we can do a little book club on it. I'm as interested to read it, as I am to see what the rest of you that do think on it. Ohhh.. Who's all in for betting it'll be put on the big screen?
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Twain will finally reveal all   Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:57 pm

I've been waiting for this for years, I think since I read about it when in highschool.
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