Twain is Still Prolific: 500,000 Word Memoirs Coming Soon

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka


By Edward Nawotka

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley will finally release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography — an eventual trilogy — that will run to half a million words in all, according to The Independent. The book will be culled from some 5,000 unedited pages Twain left behind when he died in 1910 and promises to offer a few scandalous revelations — or revelations that would have been scandalous at the time — including news of his affair with his secretary following the death of his wife.

Twain was a notorious recycler of material, but Berkeley promises that more than half of the word have never before appeared in print.

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.