Holy crap That was awesome If I were stranded on an island with only one book to read I hope it could be this massive three parter The 2000 plus pages are not nearly enough to satisfy wanting to know about Twain or at least wanting to hear about how he saw himself his family his friends the government and the world I liked and respected Twain prior to investing in these books but now he is otherworldly to me Good god did he hate Roosevelt Remember when Oprah eviscerated the Million Little Pieces guy or Jon Krakauer took a flame thrower to Greg MortensonTwain hates Roosevelt way than that For that alone this is a great readHighly highly recommended MP Literary historians are certainly indebted to those who made these volumes available I was amazed in this volume by how much Twain did not like Theodore Roosevelt Actually he says he liked him as a person but hated his politics I could not help but wonder if Twain resented TR being the only man in America with a bigger personality than him and who was even loved than himPerhaps the most interesting thing in all three volumes is the end of this book Twain had a Secretary and Financial Manager whom the totally trusted There are a couple of books and a movie that suggest that Twain had an affair with his Secretary But these came out before this autobiography When all of this controversy was going on Twain wrote an extended account of everything that happened which was again not to be published until long after all of those involved were dead Twain s case seems compelling that the villans were his employees Further it seems doubtful from all that he says that he ever had an affair with the Secretary This compendium of autobiographical material like the other volumes available freely for online reading is an entertaining and in insightful view into the wit and world of the great American humorist For me this concluding volume I don t know that are planned by O of C Press is in two parts The first part is the wit and worldview of Twain from a detailed examination of Wapping Alice and the case of the supposed cross dressing to his considered views of the deficiencies of Teddy Roosevelt as president his opinions on simplified spelling and even considering the buying into the Baconian theory of Shakespeare authorship due to the paucity of biographical details for William Shakespeare The second half is a saddening look into the twilight of his life he the The Autobiography was wasted and had to defend himself from a married servant couple from drinking theft of property and wealth and the cruel confinement of his epileptic daughter Jean Clemens beyond what was humane With this volume the Autobiography of Mark as he intended it or less see #below is fully over a hundred ears after his death Many #is fully published over a hundred ears after his death Many Diaries of Adam and Eve 4 starsThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer 4 starsJoan of Arc 3 starsThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 3 starsThe Innocents Abroad 3 starsLife on the Mississippi TBRMark Twain by Ron Powers Finn 3 starsThe Innocents Abroad 3 starsLife on the Mississippi TBRMark Twain by Ron Powers think I will read these insteadAutobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1 The Complete and Authoritative EditionAutobiography of Mark Twain Volume 2 The Complete and Authoritative EditionAutobiography of Mark Twain Volume 3 The Complete and Authoritative Edition A fascinating and often hilarious series of anecdotes and observationsand Twain HATED Teddy RooseveltThe third volume of Twain s autobiography continues in its unorthodox style as less a narrative of his life than a series of random asides that he decided to dictate between 1907 and 1909 The almost cynical way Twain decided to write is autobiography is continuously amusing Ultimately it was a scheme to extend the copyright on his written works so he d as the copyright was about to expire he d append 20000 or so words of autobiography to the book and therefore extend the copyright another 24 ears It was so blindingly cynical as to be commendable The combincaiton of irascibility self deprecation and egotism prevails throughout this work as Twain rails against everything from banuet speeches hates them honorary degrees loves them because he didn t do anything to earn it and his own laziness unsurpassed in his eye This book is like sitting at the feet of a crotchety old man who keep hitting ou with and another thingThe venom Twain has for Teddy Roosevelt is both substantial and uaint in hindsight Example Mr Roosevelt is the most formidable disaster that has befallen the country since the Civil War but the vast mass of the nation loves him is frantically fond of him even idolizes him This is the simple truth It sounds like a libel upon the intelligence of the human ra. The surprising final chapter of a great American lifeWhen the first volume of Mark Twain s uncensored Autobiography was published in 2010 it was hailed as an essential addition to the shelf of his works and a crucial document for our understanding of the great humorist s life and times This third and final volume crowns and completes his life s work Like its companion volumes it chronicles Twain s inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leadsCreated from Marc.
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Ce but it isn t there isn t anyway to libel the intelligence of the human raceThe autobiography ends with the tragic death of his daughter Jean who drowned in a bathtub following an epileptic seizure His reminiscences after that point are heartbreaking as he recounts all the little things throughout the house that now without an agent behind them feel so empty It s uite moving and an understandable if sad way to end the work Twain s Autobiography is just undigested dictated notes of his old age The best bits appear as self standing pieces in his books Twain at his short essay best This volume of the autobiography has Twain dictating whatever stories best This volume of the autobiography has Twain dictating stories into his mind while purportedly writing his autobiography over three ears of his life It comes across a lot like a newspaper columnist with free reign to write whatever he wants knowing the strength of his style and his storytelling capabilities will pull him through with what could well be a gem There are gems here but take the stories together and they tell of Twain s life his worries his interests his opinions He loves his own opinions The backstory here is very interesting and Twain himself tells it near the end of this volume Throughout this and previous volumes of his autobiography Twain complains about how the copyright law was taking away the ability for his family to earn revenue off of his work his writing after the copyright has expired He explains in this volume that he wants to provide for daughter Jean His other living daughter has married and is provided for but Jean is not Twain s way to game the copyright law is to write additions to his autobiography and to have his daughter release new versions of the autobiography when the copyright is nearing expiration each new edition containing a few thousand words from this volume of stories uite a smart idea But the bulk of the volume ends when Twain finds his daughter Jean dead having drowned after an epileptic seizure He shares his grief in his last dictated sections his reason for writing the autobiography gone There is an addition to the official part of the autobiography In subseuent Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) years Twain realized that his secretary and his housekeeper had been defrauding him He writes a story to describe the situation covering uite a few pages in the same style and wit he exhibits throughout The case never went to court so this story was not released It contains some interesting details on his life his finances and his frame of mind He was too trusting andou can feel him just kicking himself on being taken for so long by the people he mindlessly trusted You learn much of Twain s character at the twilight of his life from this storyThe essays or stories themselves are of a wide variety of topics but all containing Twain wit and style There are descriptions of investments including a wireless telephone that takes messages Twain had a great disdain for President Teddy Roosevelt pillorying him in a few of his essays He also took on the media The writing was fresh but I found it truly amazing that for a few pages I would have believed it had been written this week the topics were how unpresidential the President was acting followed by a condemnation of the media printing stories without facts in order to keep advertisers happy Ripped from today s headlines but written 110 ears #ago After listening to the audiobook version of all three volumes of #After listening to the audiobook version of all three volumes of s autobiography I got what I was initially looking for insight into Twain and a lot of stories told in his style He was a great writer and this volume reminds ou of this in every section Review title Goodbye old friendWith this third massive volume the Complete and Authoritative Edition of Twain s autobiographical writings is complete You can read my reviews of Volume 1 and Volume 2 to learn about the best autobiography never written The same praise applies here as Twain brings his writings to a close within six months of his death in April 1910This volume showcases three aspects of Twain s mind1 His political concernsWe have already encountered Twain s well documented deep dislike and distain of Teddy Roosevelt in the first two volumes But reading this venom expressed in exactly the same tone and language directed against President Trump in his first ear is both powerfully prophetic and cautionary One example of severalHasn t he kept up such a continual thundering from our Olympus about foot ball and base ball and all sorts of little nursery matters that we have come to stand in fear that the first time an exigency of real importance shall arise our thunders will not be able to attract the world s notice or exert any valuab. H 1907 to December 1909 these dictations present Mark Twain at the end of his life receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University; railing against Theodore Roosevelt founding numerous clubs; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous about the authorship of Shakespeare s plays; relaxing in Bermuda; observing and investing in new technologies The autobiography s Closing Words movingly commemorate his daughter Jean who died on Christmas Eve 1909 Also included in this volume is the prev. Le influence upon ourselves And so on and so on the list of unpresidential things things #hitherto deemed impossible wholly impossible measurelessly impossible for a president of the United States to #deemed impossible wholly impossible measurelessly impossible for a president of the United States to is much too long for invoicing here P 62The cautionary part of this tale is that while Roosevelt was almost universally loved by public option of the day a century removed from the events history has taken a nuanced view of his legacy Trump is a similarly larger than life personality and lightning rod for both intense support and distain How will history record Trump s legacy a century from now Before How will history record Trump s legacy a century from now Before answer apply study thought and wisdom and consider Twain s words hereThe bulk of any nation s opinions about its president or its king or its emperor or its politics or its religion is without value and not worth weighing or considering or examining There is nothing mental in it it is all feeling and procured at second hand without any assistance from the proprietor s reasoning powers P 254 Twain has succinctly explained why I believe that voting in a democracy should not be a right it should be a privilege earned by diligent study thought and wisdom applied to people politics and religion to prevent their dominance by unthinking followers foreseen by Twain I know my position is not popular and not likely to be adopted and enacted into policy but when I see the news dominated by the same defects Twain documented over a century ago I am convinced that American democracy is in need of such a radical change2 His personal tragediesTwain is usually remembered as the collouial storyteller witty speaker and avuncular grandpa we all wish we had But his personal life and personality was shaped by tragedy We have already read in the earlier volumes of the death of his beloved wife and of his daughter Suzy while Twain and his wife were crossing the ocean from Europe to try to reach her bedside but tragically too late In this volume we learn of the sudden death of his best friend H H Rogers And then just months after that and months after Twain s daughter Jean had returned home to live with Twain after spending most of her recent ears under institional care and experimental cures far from home for her life long diagnosis of epilepsy she died suddenly at home after a seizure This last tragedy on Christmas Eve 1909 shook him to the core He concluded his dictation with a 10 page outpouring of the most intensely personal deep and sad writing Writing in the Dust: After September 11 you will ever read It begins Jean is dead And so this Autobiography closes here I had a reason for projecting it threeears ago that reason perishes with her p 310Within months the heartbroken Twain would join his wife and three of his four children in death He would leave us as not just humorous witty and avuncular but deeply human It is why we still read him and he still speaks to us 3 His surprising final manuscriptThe bulk of the three volumes are transcripts of dictation sessions initially daily but by the last Engine Performance Diagnostics year of his life often separated by week long gaps But appended to the end of the dictations is a 100 plus page manuscript written by Twain and lost for decades until first studied in the 1970s and used as the basis for narratives of the lastear s of Twain s life that started appearing in the last decade Known as the Ashcroft Lyon Manuscript it is published here in its entirety for the first time from Twain s handwritten originalThe manuscript is Twain s view of his seven ear relationship with Isabel Lyon first his wife s and then his personal secretary and Ralph Ashcroft his business manager who later married Lyon Lyon became an integral part of the Clemens household and Ashcroft was a trusted business advisor and friend who worked for and accompanied Twain on travels without compensation for much of their relationship However at the instigation of Twain s daughter Clara and his close friend H H Rogers Twain began to suspect the pair of working behind the scene to divide the family and defraud him out of thousands of dollars The manuscript tells Twain s side of first his uncritical belief in the integrity and loyalty of Ashcroft and Lyon and then his astonished and angry discovery of the truth of the suspicions when he hired an accountant and a lawyer to investigateCombined with the final personal tragedy Twain would soon suffer this manuscript reveals the full range of anger and sadness a man could suffer and this man puts it on paper like few other writers ever have Twain was in the end fully human Goodbye old friend The long poem for his daughter Olivia and his parting thoughts on his daughter Jean are each worth the price of this volume. Iously unpublished Ashcroft Lyon Manuscript Mark Twain s caustic indictment of his putrescent pair of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his house during their residencyFitfully published in fragments at intervals throughout the twentieth century Autobiography of Mark Twain has now been critically reconstructed and made available as it was intended to be read Fully annotated by the editors of the Mark Twain Project the complete Autobiography emerges as a landmark publication in American literatur.