The Complete and Authoritative Edition
"Covering just the last couple of years in Twain's long life, this is the concluding volume of the masterful University of California edition of his autobiography: unexpurgated, cross-referenced, and richly annotated... The swan song reinforces things well established by its predecessors." - STARRED REVIEW Kirkus "Sharp and witty here as he is in his fiction... Closes the book on the remarkable life of one of America's most outstanding literary talents." Publishers Weekly "The abundant morsels here give us a glimpse into the big human heart of our great American author." Buffalo News "His deep love for the language, for expression, for telling what is on his mind and in his heart, keeps him talking to us, right up to the very end of the autobiography, when the death of his daughter Jean leads him to close it forever." Hartford Courant "Rambling; charming; vitriolic; confessional ("I am fond of pomp and display"); shot through with wit, lyricism and regret... Captivating and invaluable." The Washington Post "Rambling, cantankerous, funny-and sad." The Christian Science Monitor "Chock-full of his trademark outbursts and his sly sense of humor." The Boston Globe "[Twain] lives on through his works, including this landmark publication." San Francisco Chronicle "There was a private Sam Clemens and a public Mark Twain, and both of them can be found in Autobiography of Mark Twain." National Post "The verdict: admirable, opulent, incredibly thorough, surely a treasure trove beyond price for Twain scholars, endlessly pleasant to paw through for those of us who find Twain hilarious and moving and blunt and inimitable." Christian Century
Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith are editors at the Mark Twain Project, which is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the world's largest archive of primary materials by this major American writer. Under the direction of General Editor Robert H. Hirst, the Project's editors are producing the first comprehensive edition of all of Mark Twain's writings.