Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143106678, 493pp.
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
A must-have for all lovers of Mark Twain, this selection of his autobiographical writings opens a rare window onto the writer's life, particularly his early years. Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel Langhorne Clemens first used the pseudonym Mark Twain while a journalist in Nevada in 1863. When his first major book, "The Innocents Abroad," appeared six years later, he began what would become one of the most celebrated and influential careers in American letters."Autobiographical Writings"will help readers know the author intimately and appreciate why, a century after his death, he remains so vital and appealing.
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R. Kent Rasmussen has published two books on Mark Twain: "Mark Twain's Book for Bad Boys and Girls" and "Mark Twain A to Z", which won a special citation by the Reference and Adult Services committee of the American Library Association as one of the best reference books published in 1995.
“To [Clemens's] fascinating recollections Rasmussen contributes an informative Introduction that courageously takes up the issue of Samuel Clemens's veracity, a fuller-than-usual chronology of Clemens's life, an up-to-date bibliography of scholarship devoted to his autobiographical writings, and a surprisingly ample "Glossary" that identifies everyone and everything from Susan Crane to John Hay to the Monday Evening Club to the starboard side of a river vessel… a highly usable and deeply enjoyable compilation of some of Twain's very best prose.”
—Mark Twain Forum
“Rasmussen seems to have been born with the destiny of bringing order and light to Twain scholarship… So now he’s written yet another book that I would say ought to be near to hand for any scholar doing work on Sam Clemens, the biographical individual.”
—Lawrence Berkove, University of Michigan-Dearborn