The Autobiography of Mark Twain Author:Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens The autobiography of Mark Twain as arranged and edited, with an introduction and notes, by Charles Neider. — This is one of the great autobiographies of the English language, written by a man twice a large as life who --he said so himself--had no trouble remembering everything that had ever happened and a lot of things besides. And nothing ever h... more »appened to Mark Twain in a small way. He was a spectacular volcano of a man: massive in talent, eruptive in temperament, unpredictable in his actions. The expanding America of riverboats, gold rushes, and the vast westward movement provided stretching room for his huge obstreperous spirit and raw material for his novels, as well as his autobiography.
His marriage to Olivia Langdon, movingly recorded here, was an unusually happy one, but it never tamed him. Nor did his becoming America's foremost man of letters. He roared down the years, feuding with publishers and famous colleagues, learning wisdom at the point of ruin, loving and hating with equal joy the absurd spectacle of humanity.« less