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Mark Twain’s autobiography to be published

Posted May 24, 2010 by Jason Smith
Mark Twain was a man with a quick wit, a sharp pen, and many fans. Many have speculated what his life was like toward the end, and with speculation more questions can result than answers. But much of that may come to an end.
Mark Twain
Famous author Mark Twain is said by some biographers to have been an atheist
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Twain’s autobiography has been shut in a vault for the last one hundred years since his death, but it will soon be published for the world to see. The Independent reports that Twain left 5,000 pages of his biography at the University of California at Berkeley under orders that they not see the light of day for a century.
Of course, this leads many to ask why he wished to keep these manuscripts under lock and key for so long. Was he worried about his sharp criticism and offending devotees so shortly after his death? Were his politics out of sync?
Historian Laura Trombley told the Independent, “There is a perception that Twain spent his final years basking in the adoration of fans. The autobiography will perhaps show that it wasn’t such a happy time. He spent the last six months of the last year of his life writing a manuscript full of vitriol, saying things that that he’d never said about anyone before. It really is 400 pages of bile.”
Robert Hirst is leading the team at Berkeley in editing the complete text. He tells the Independent, “But biographers pick and choose what bits to quote. By publishing Twain’s book in full, we hope that people will be able to come to their own complete conclusions about what sort of man he was.
November’s publication is authorized by his estate, which is absent of surviving descendants. It now funds museums and libraries that preserve his legacy.