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A Bit of Autobiography, dictated on 4 April 1906 [typescript with author's revisions, 1906]

A Bit of Autobiography, dictated on 4 April 1906 [typescript with author's revisions, 1906]
A Bit of Autobiography, dictated on 4 April 1906
[typescript with author's revisions, 1906]

Clemens worked intensively on his autobiography between 1906 and 1909, dictating his thoughts and reminiscences to a stenographer/typist. In his dictation of 4 April 1906 he recalled several enjoyable occasions when he was the honored guest of various college groups. He had his secretary glue recent newspaper clippings into the typescript.

The typed pages bear Clemens's ink revisions as well as editorial marks, indicating material to be suppressed, made years later by his daughter Clara and his biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine. Clemens intended most of the autobiography for publication 100 years after his death: the Mark Twain Project is now working on the first complete edition of Mark Twain's Autobiography, to be published in 2010 by the University of California Press.
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