By Mark Twain

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a chum. "And i'm going to provide it away--to you. you are going to by no means know the way a lot entertainment you've got misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography." therefore, after dozens of fake starts off and 1000s of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his existence. His leading edge notion--to "talk basically concerning the factor which pursuits you for the moment"--meant that his concepts may perhaps diversity freely. the stern guide that a lot of those texts stay unpublished for a hundred years intended that once they got here out, he will be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he used to be for that reason loose to talk his "whole frank mind." The yr 2010 marks the a centesimal anniversary of Twain's loss of life. In party of this crucial milestone and in honor of the loved culture of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to supply for the 1st time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and precisely as he left it. This significant literary occasion brings to readers, admirers, and students the 1st of 3 volumes and provides Mark Twain's genuine and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, principles, and critiques, and conversing in actual fact from the grave as he meant.

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The book does not need a polish. It needs an introduction. What I'd like to do now is to leave you alone, so that you might ruminate on your memories of Bruce. How you met, how you work together... I'll come back with a writer who will give some form to it, and put it in the context of a proper introduction. Ivan Raimi: Why don't you send up some drinks and sandwiches. Something nice. And we'll start the creative process right away, Barry. EDITOR'S NOTE**** At that point, I left the room. What follows has been transcribed from the tape recording made in my office: Sam Raimi: This is horse shit.

Ivan Raimi: Fee. " It's an ugly word, but I think we need to get it out of the way before Sam comes back. Or he'll walk. Barry: But we paid the fee. The two hundred and eighty -- Ivan Raimi: Barry, you paid the starter fee. Good. Good for you. But now let's talk completion. You still owe us some kind of completion fee. And please, do it quick, before Sam gets here. EDITOR'S NOTE **** At that point I paid Ivan Raimi an additional $120 from my personal cash. Shortly thereafter, Sam Raimi entered the room.

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