The University of California Press and the editors at The Mark Twain Papers & Project are proud to release the eagerly-awaited second volume of the bestselling Autobiography of Mark Twain, the middle installment of this three-volume autobiography that brims with the author's characteristic wit and candor. The first volume of the Autobiography, published in 2010 after a 100-year embargo, introduced the world to the man behind the literary icon, capturing the unsuppressed voice of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain. Volume 2 continues the narrative’s non-chronologicaltrajectory, unfolding Mark Twain’s life story, moving back and forth from childhood memories to end-of-life musings to uncover the many roles he played in his public and private worlds.
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition delivers
· Insights into Mark Twain’s family life as a devoted father, husband, and brother;
· Pointed, unvarnished views on politics of the time;
· Meditations on the writing process, including the author’s solution to writers block;
· Reminiscences of Mark Twain’s newspaper days in the Nevada Territory;
· Mark Twain’s daily engagement with his role as 20th century celebrity;
· Forceful dictations about the character of God;
· Musings on phrenology, palmistry, mesmerism, and clairvoyance;
· Recounting of contact with royalty, including King Edward VII and Kaiser Wilhelm II;
· The history of Mark Twain’s failed publishing company;
· Larger font size, per the request of our readers!
UC Press is also pleased to bring you their first-ever, free app for iPad, iPhone and Android, a treasure trove of rarely-seen images of Samuel Clemens and his family, as well as audio excerpts from both volumes. This app offers a window into his life, including his memories of childhood; reflections on home life; pronouncements on cats, love, business, human cunning, and weakness; and much more. Filled with rarely seen images, this app delivers compelling insights into the life—both the comedy and the tragedy—of Mark Twain. Included are audio excerpts from Volumes 1 and 2 of the Autobiography of Mark Twain, a wide-ranging, candid life story that Mark Twain decreed could not be published until one hundred years after his death.
· Covers the entire life and career of Mark Twain using a lively, interactive timeline;
· Includes dozens of rare, unpublished images;
· Lets you explore Mark Twain's life in his own words through audio excerpts from the Autobiography of Mark -Twain, Volumes 1 and 2;
· Comes to you free as a supplement to the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volumes 1 and Volume 2.