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By Mark Twain

The unbelievable ultimate bankruptcy of an excellent American life.

whilst the 1st quantity of Mark Twain’s uncensored Autobiography was once released in 2010, it used to be hailed as a vital addition to the shelf of his works and a very important rfile for our realizing of the nice humorist’s lifestyles and occasions. This 3rd and ultimate quantity crowns and completes his life’s paintings. Like its spouse volumes, it chronicles Twain's internal and outer existence via a sequence of day-by-day dictations that cross at any place his fancy leads.

produced from March 1907 to December 1909, those dictations current Mark Twain on the finish of his existence: receiving an honorary measure from Oxford college; railing opposed to Theodore Roosevelt; founding quite a few golf equipment; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous in regards to the authorship of Shakespeare’s performs; enjoyable in Bermuda; looking at (and making an investment in) new applied sciences. The Autobiography’s “Closing phrases” movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. additionally integrated during this quantity is the formerly unpublished “Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript,” Mark Twain’s caustic indictment of his “putrescent pair” of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his apartment in the course of their residency.

Fitfully released in fragments at periods in the course of the 20th century, Autobiography of Mark Twain has now been severely reconstructed and made to be had because it was once meant to be learn. absolutely annotated by means of the editors of the Mark Twain undertaking, the whole Autobiography emerges as a landmark ebook in American literature.

Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith
affiliate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Amanda Gagel, Sharon ok. Goetz, Leslie Diane Myrick, Christopher M. Ohge

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He remarked in his letter that if he had taken the twenty-five hundred shares it would have paid him twenty million dollars before this. It hurt me to the marrow to hear this man go into these quite unnecessary particulars, for it called back to my memory, out of that distant past, how in 1877 or ’78 I had twenty-three thousand dollars in my pocket which I had no particular use for, and the Bell Telephone people tried to trade me a couple of tons of stock for it. I was fully as wise as this other smarty, and they did not succeed; but if they had succeeded I would pay off our national debt now, and let the country take a fresh start.

I still had five hundred at 43, and so the average cost of the whole was 53. I made up my mind to sell those fifteen hundred shares sure if the price ever reached 79 again. It did reach that figure, but, as I have already explained in an earlier chapter, I was asleep at the time and failed to secure the forty thousand dollars due me on my judgment. As I have said, the stock began to soar along down until it struck bottom day before yesterday, when I bought two hundred and fifty shares at 53, and of course by this maneuver I sent it up.

I am never hard with those people. I generally know by the look of the woman, and her clothes, and the house, and all that, about how much of an outlay she can stand, and so I trade on that basis. She is good for two dollars, always, for that five-cent ring, and a meal into the bargain if I want it—which I don’t. According to her style and make, she is good for two dollars, three dollars, four dollars; and it’s not so infrequent as you might suppose, for me to find women that will add one, two, and even three dollars to those figures.

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