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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN Nook Edition (100th Anniversary Newly Edited and Commented Version) Special Nook Enabled Features The Autobiography of Mark Twain NOOKbook [NOOK Book]

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"I intend that this autobiography shall become a model for all future autobiographies when it is published, after my death, and I also intend that it shall be read and admired a good many centuries because of its form and method—a form and method whereby the past and the present are constantly brought face to face, resulting in contrasts which newly fire up the interest all along, like contact of flint with steel. Moreover, this autobiography of mine does not select from my life its showy episodes, but deals mainly in the common experiences which ...
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"I intend that this autobiography shall become a model for all future autobiographies when it is published, after my death, and I also intend that it shall be read and admired a good many centuries because of its form and method—a form and method whereby the past and the present are constantly brought face to face, resulting in contrasts which newly fire up the interest all along, like contact of flint with steel. Moreover, this autobiography of mine does not select from my life its showy episodes, but deals mainly in the common experiences which go to make up the life of the average human being, because these episodes are of a sort which he is familiar with in his own life, and in which he sees his own life reflected and set down in print. The usual, conventional autobiographer seems to particularly hunt out those occasions in his career when he came into contact with celebrated persons, whereas his contacts with the uncelebrated were just as interesting to him, and would be to his reader, and were vastly more numerous than his collisions with the famous."

So begins one of the most remarkable autobiographies in all of American Literature. Mark Twain was, in the words of his good friend, editor and Pulitzer Prize Committee member Albert Paine, a true visionary.

CONTENTS

This new signature edition collection of autobiographical and biographical writings on Mark Twain brings together, for the very first time, i) the hard to find chapters from Mark Twain’s autobiography published in the North American Review and ii) Samuel Clemens’ own, extremely rare, privately printed autobiographical sketch, iii) a history of Mark Twain’s Life, Literature and Legacy by Albert Paine (Pulitzer Prize Committee member and editor of the Collected Letters of Mark Twain and the Collected Speeches of Mark Twain), and iv) several of Mark Twain’s major essays illuminating his thoughts and views on key issues of his time.

The enduring freshness and relevance of Mark Twain’s writings serves as a true testament to a remarkable spirit which “still young ... continues to cheer and comfort a tired world” even to this day.


SPECIAL NOOK ENABLED FEATURES:

This edition has special Nook enabled features, including interactive table of contents.

Contains the only autobiography published in Twain's own lifetime. Includes an extensive historical background by Albert B. Paine of the Pulitzer Prize Committee, authorized biographer of Mark Twain and editor of The Letters of Mark Twain and The Speeches of Mark Twain.

"Highly recommended ... Mark Twain in his very own words"

"A superb collection, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Twain's death"

"A true American genius, and a giant of world literature"
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Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.

He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Not the print version!

    May be wonderful, but be warned, this is not the print version.

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Beautiful, Funny, Sad and Ultimately Life Affirming

    This is a beautiful autobiography which at times is also extremely sad, painfully funny, and ultimately makes you glad that you are alive and that there were people on this world like Mark Twain. Highly recommended.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Excellent Autobiography by An Exceptional American Writer

    This is a true pleasure to read. In terms of wit and wisdom, Mark Twain has no parallel, even 100 years after his death. A great book for young and old alike, his life serves as a model for how a life should be lived.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    exciting and sad and funny

    the free sample has 3768 pages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!%!$

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    My sons loved it!

    After reading Tom Sawyer's adventures during xmas, I recommended my two boys 12 and 15, to read the author's autobiography. I downloaded this on their nooks (this is quite a reasonably priced version so could afford to buy two) and they really enjoyed putting things into perspective and he is a great author!

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Excellent

    Wonderful autobiography by America's most beloved author. Excellent.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Good stuff ... definitely worth $2.99

    Good stuff ... definitely worth $2.99

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    A True American Original

    Excellent autobiography by a true American original

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    It's good, but ...

    There's no indication that the Peale biography of Twain is just 'dropped' into what appears to be the middle of the autobiography, and the autobiography ended at that point (I don't have the standard text version to compare with at this time). The "Special Nook Enabled Features" may include a non-working Table of Contents, non-adjustable text size, and some really strange pagination from about page 400 on. The error messages associated with reading (also from page 400 on) may be from my Nook, but they don't occur with other Nook books. I may try a different version of the Autobiography, without the 'Special Nook Enabled Features'; I can't, in good conscience, recommend this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Baffled

    So, call me confused but as another poster noted, the font is set to something one would expect in a nursing home for the blind and cannot be adjusted. I've run into multiple problems with the next page taking too long to load or the same page repeating over and over. Granted I only have the 3400 pages offered with the "sample" but I use the sample to determine whether I want to purchase the book and after trying to navigate this one the answer is a resounding NO. Additionally I'm still trying to figure out what exactly the special Nook features are unless they are referring to the unchangeable font, useless table of contents and non-working content search. GREAT cover though...?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Broken

    This is a poor reproduction. The book is poorly programmed and has several reader bugs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Deep insights

    ...both of the author and his departed daughter, from whom he quotes often. As this is a scan and not a reproduction, it is often difficult to tell which is the author and which is the quote. There are a few scanning errors. You'd think they could hire someone to clean these scans up. If you love Sam Clemens, you'll love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Ugh

    Horrbile

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Great

    Read

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Mark Twain is one of my favorites

    I enjoy having the complete works in one volume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Made me more of a fan of Mark Twain.

    Twain's life as seen by himself, his daughter, and his biographer. Not only do you get the story of Twain, but also the stories of the people who inspired many of his characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Enjoyable read if you like Mark Twain

    I enjoyed the sections that Mark Twain wrote. His biographer was bland in his writing, but Twain gave us a piece of his soul as he told of his family and how he felt along the way.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Fantastic!

    Clemens was witty and briliant -- perhaps america's cleverist writer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

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    Posted April 23, 2011

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