the autobiography of mark twain

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the autobiography of mark twain

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1Gosport
Fev 3, 2011, 7:40 pm

Is anybody reading the autobiography of mark twain? I am curious about why it is entitled 'mark twian' instead of 'samuel clemens'. Any thoughts?

2varielle
Fev 4, 2011, 4:05 am

I got it for Christmas and will start on it soon. It's pretty massive.

3Gosport
Fev 5, 2011, 8:51 am

It's not as daunting when you realize that a large portion of it contains explainatory notes on the main body. I'm finding that it makes sense to read both at once. I keep a book mark in the notes corisponding to my place in the auto. so I can flip back and forht.

4GeneRuyle
Maio 2, 2011, 11:05 pm

No postings in three months. Has this thread played out? Anyway, I am one who is reading and enjoying the autobiography -- though I find it to be a different kind of reading from his other writings, of course. A massive book it is, to be sure, and the "background" (his works as well as his whole life, really) is, like Mt. Everest, majestically standing there all the while, a huge commentary on any work or episode in his past one wants to pick up and explore. What amazes me about the book is that the vigor and vitality of the writing is still there. That is a rare kind of thing, power of such an unquenchable kind.

5DeusExLibrus
Set 7, 2011, 12:02 am

Its on my list, but its a long list.

62wonderY
Dez 28, 2016, 8:12 am

Attempted twice and abandoned again.

7Vic33
Fev 7, 2017, 11:12 am

We talking about the 3 volume series? I listened to vol 1 via an Audible edition. Not sure if I want to invest the time on the next two volumes?

8Diane-bpcb
Editado: Fev 7, 2017, 5:48 pm

>4 GeneRuyle: -

When you compliment Twain's writing skills, it reminds me of my favorite Mark Twain quote:

from "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses," an essay from 1895 -

"When a person has a poor ear for music he will flat and sharp right along without knowing it. He keeps near the tune, but it is NOT the tune. When a person has a poor ear for words, the result is a literary flatting and sharping; you perceive what he is intending to say, but you also perceive that he doesn't SAY it."