10.26.2010

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

The much anticipated Volume I of the Autobiography of Mark Twain was set to publish on November 15, 2010, but was released slightly early. It is available for sale now.
The autobiography was dictated by Clemens during the last years of his life, it is not arranged in any particular order, but it is the dictation of a wandering mind. One of his dying wishes, which was honored for the most part, was that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death. He wanted to be able to speak with brutal honesty about his life and didn't want to implicate people or their family members. Clemens died in coincidence with Halley's Comet in 1910, marking this year, 2010, a 100 years later.
In the next few days and weeks many "Twain-iacs" will eagerly begin the plunge into volume of I of his autobiography. The volumes (three in total) are set to be around half a million words. Will the public emerge from these works with completely altered perceptions of Clemens and his beloved books?
According to this New York Times article, people might not like what they find about Clemens and his political opinions when they read the autobiography. Will Clemens lose some of his luster in his attempt at being honest?

1 comment:

Pete said...

I suspect the flag-wavers will (implausibly, irrationally) accuse him of being un-American.