The Author-Cat: Clemens's Life in Fiction


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At the end of his long life, Samuel Clemens felt driven to write a truthful account of what he regarded as the flaws in his character and the errors of his ways. His attempt to tell the unvarnished truth about himself is preserved in nearly 250 autobiographical dictations. In order to encourage complete veracity, he decided from the outset that these would be published only posthumously. Nevertheless, Clemens's autobiography is singularly unrevealing. Forrest G. Robinson argues that, by contrast, it is in his fiction that ...

The Author-Cat: Clemens's Life in Fiction 2007, Fordham University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780823227877