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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition (Autobiography of Mark Twain series) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain , Benjamin Griffin , Harriet E., Ms. Smith , Victor Fischer , Michael Barry Frank

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    "The great American author, aided by his scholarly editors, continues to spin out a great yarn covering his long life... Twain admirers will find this volume indispensable and wil eagerly await the third volume." STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews "Meticulously edited... A treasure deserving shelf space next to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer." STARRED REVIEW -- Bryce Christensen Booklist "Twain is incapable of going more than a few paragraphs without making you laugh or think hard... Don't loan this book out: you'll never see it again." Bloomberg Pursuits "Another delightful round of humor and candor, reminiscence and insider sketches of the people and politics of Twain's day." The Sacramento Bee "Contains more of Twain's ranging, astute, and unfailingly candid portrayals of his private and public lives. Excoriations of politicians appear next to affectionate family stories and bemused observations on the absurdities of life, helping to fill out our understanding of America's greatest humorist." The New Yorker, Page-Turner "Set aside all ideas of starting at the beginning and reading through to the end. This is a book to keep on your bedside table, or in the kitchen, or the garage, or anyplace else you might want to pick it up. Follow Clemens' own advice in reading it, as he did in writing it: Start reading at no particular point; wander at your free will all over it; read only about the thing that interests you for the moment; drop it the moment its interest threatens to pale; and turn your eye upon the new and more interesting thing that has intruded itself into your gaze meantime. Believe me, there are plenty of these in this wonderful volume." The Hartford Courant "One sees a mind bubbling and hears a uniquely American voice." Literary Review "Twain traveled extensively and befriended many luminaries, and his colorful experiences give the book the same Dickensian scope as the first volume, and presents a vivid picture of America in the 19th century and Twain's indelible mark on it." Publishers Weekly "This is vintage Twain-timeless, and still germane." BookPage "Twain is frequently sad and cynical in these late-in-life writings (just a few years before his death) but his devastating wit and sharp-eyed commentary are on full display as well." Christian Science Monitor "The publishing sensation of the year." -- Jonah Raskin San Francisco Chronicle "What we've inherited is no ordinary book. You may begin at the beginning and read to its end; you may reach into it like a grab bag and enjoy whatever you pull out. It doesn't matter." Dallas Morning News "Twain ambles through eternal truths and trivia, telling of world events and personal piques. Witticisms appear at random intervals, and the ensuing laughter can be dangerous to the lower extremities if one doesn't have a vicelike grip on this weighty tome." The Christian Science Monitor "In case you had any doubt about it, the new book demonstrates that Twain dictated as well as he wrote." The Washington Post "One of the more marvelous literary projects of our time." The Buffalo News "As much a sensitive and articulate historical work as an autobiography, the book is almost inexhaustible in its content... What seems like a mountain of anecdotal scraps and opinions results in a clear picture of Clemens as Twain." Library Journal "If you surrender yourself to the sound of his voice, the pleasure of Twain's company proves pretty hard to resist. His narrative may be loose, but at least it never loses sight of its subject." The New Yorker, Page-Turner


    Mark Twain’s complete, uncensored Autobiography was an instant bestseller when the first volume was published in 2010, on the centennial of the author’s death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, the Autobiography was hailed as the capstone of Twain’s career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions.

    The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain’s life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view.

    Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet E. Smith
    Associate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz and Leslie Diane Myrick


    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • Dateigröße: 17768 KB
    • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 773 Seiten
    • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0520272781
    • Verlag: University of California Press; Auflage: 1 (5. Oktober 2013)
    • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Sprache: Englisch
    • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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    • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
    • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Nicht aktiviert
    • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #499.286 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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    Mark Twain (1835-1910) hat sein Handwerk von der Pike auf gelernt. Nach dem Tod seines Vaters machte er eine Ausbildung zum Schriftsetzer und arbeitete in vielen Städten der USA als Drucker und Journalist. Auch auf einem Mississippidampfer war Mark Twain beschäftigt, außerdem wurde er Soldat bei den Konföderierten und begab sich sogar auf Silbersuche. Später führten ihn seine Reisen bis nach Europa. 1864 gelang ihm mit "Jumping-Frog" ("Der berühmte Springfrosch von Calaveras County") der literarische Durchbruch. Humor und Satire gehören zu den Markenzeichen des weltbekannten amerikanischen Schriftstellers, dessen berühmtestes Buch wohl "Die Abenteuer des Huckleberry Finn" (1884) ist. Mark Twains Alterswerk dagegen ist von einer eher pessimistischen Grundhaltung geprägt.


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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Twain Revisited -- Volume 2 24. September 2013
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    As with the first volume that was published three years ago, this autobiography is an oversize hardbook which means it may not fit into a bookshelf with other more traditional hardbooks. Also this edition is a rambling text with no chronological sequence. Mark Twain told stories as he remembered them as they came to him.

    The good news is that there is more narrative of Twain's memories (450+ pages) and that all of the scholarly information (280+ pages) is at the end, unlike Volume 1. The only complaint is that half of the end-notes should have been brief footnotes to explain the context of the events and persons. The reader will need to shuttle back and forth now. What the reader has here is Mark Twain's true speaking voice --he is doing a monologue in your presence, going wherever his memory takes him. And it is pretty funny as he comments on the events of his times and settles literary scores -- see his savage critique on Bret Harte (page 119), as an example. If the reader read Volume 1, this volume is even better.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Twain Speaks 1. Januar 2014
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    The fact that Mark Twain could have best-sellers in 3 successive centuries says something about him, and something about us. His preferred method of composition, at the end of his life, was dictation which gives the text a liveliness that is quite enchanting. Some may be put off by the wealth of annotation, but a job worth doing is worth doing right, so a grateful tip of the hat to the editors.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen The most human tale of a Giant's life 29. Oktober 2013
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    The simpliest way to review this wonderful book is to say it is as though I was sitting on his lap and he was telling me these great stories as my Grandfather. His humanity pores off each page. No one does it better.
    What a gift to the world he was and is.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Volume 2 somewhat less enjoyable than Volume 1 -- but only slightly. 26. Februar 2014
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    After finishing the second half of Twain's biograpy, I debated about giving it four stars instead of five, principally because of its rather surprising "abrupt" ending, but decided that the collective work is so remarkable in its format (so "Twain") that it deserves five. I actually have both volumes on my Kindle -- as well as in hard copies -- since their large size makes them cumbersome to hold -- much less read. But Twain's decision to dictate his words -- exactly as his thoughts emerged -- with no attention to either chronology or order of priority, makes this unique autobiography all the more interesting to read. It is as if you were spending time with him -- perhaps over a mint julip -- while he is recalling incidents, expressing opinions, and sharing his innermost private thoughts. HIs decision to not have the work published until 100 years after his death meant that his opinions could be freely expressed without risk of offending living individuals, or their family members. As a result, this is an ecclectic mix of a tell-all book and an intimate self-portrait, laced throughout with the expected humorous anecdotes typical of this beloved American author.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Remarkable 23. Oktober 2013
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    Those who enjoy Mark Twain's writings and who have an interest in the era in which he lived should buy and read this book along with its earlier issued companion volume.

    While this is a true product of this great author, with many bright flashes of wit, it must be said that a good editor at the time of its original writing would have carved out a number of unnecessary words and pages, such as those spilled copying contemporary news clippings of disasters at sea.

    I give high praise to the editorial staff at the Mark Twain Project and the University of California Press for their dedicated scholarly efforts and the detailed and interesting explanatory material provided.
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