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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain
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Aug 23, 2011

Read in August, 2011

This is a rich, varied mixture of events from Clemens' life. He writes of his friendship with Ulysses S. Grant and convincing him to write his memoirs, about growing up poor on the frontier, his distrust of doctors, the lunacy of duelling and managing to get out of one, and dealing with publishers and editors. His life was full of tragedy. His brother died when he was young and he had two children die and his wife predeceased him. It's clear the death of his daughter Susy at 24 from meningitis effected him deeply. One of the great writers who happened to have a great heart as well. This volume contains about 200 pages of autobiographical notes which I did not read.

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