Mark Twain’s Memoirs 100 Years After His Death, No Holds Barred

May 24, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Samuel Langhorne Clemens, celebrated American novelist and humorist, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, must be laughing in his grave. Per his instructions, his no holds barred autobiography will finally be published in three volumes, 100-years after his death on April 21, 1910.

Best known for his iconic novels “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” Twain traveled the world during his life, with his journeys often forming the basis for his colorful characters. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” was his first successful story, published after a 19th century road trip via stagecoach, with his brother Orion.

Why did Twain want his autobiography published a century after his death? Some historians theorize that some of his views on politics, religion and the social issues of the day may have been too controversial at the turn of the 20th century. Additionally, Twain let loose on some of his friends and acquaintances. Historian Laura Trombley, author of a Twain tome delving into his romantic entanglements, says the autobiography is filled with “vitriol” and “bile.”

Although some sections of the 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs have been published, more than half of Twain’s autobiography have never seen the light of day.

A few leaked details, include a vibrating sex toy and his secretary’s hypnotizing powers over Twain:

“A section of the memoir will detail his little-known but scandalous relationship with Isabel Van Kleek Lyon, who became his secretary after the death of his wife Olivia in 1904. Twain was so close to Lyon that she once bought him an electric vibrating sex toy. But she was abruptly sacked in 1909, after the author claimed she had “hypnotised” him into giving her power of attorney over his estate.”

The University of California, Berkeley will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography in November.

Source: The Independent


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