Tina Jordan
May 24, 2010 AT 09:00 PM EDT

This November, in what is sure to be a landmark literary event, the University of California Press will publish volume 1 of Mark Twain’s autobiography (volumes 2 and 3 are to come at later dates).Twain himself gave the university some 5,000 pages but stipulated that the work had to remain unpublished until the 100th anniversary of his death, so the manuscript has been languishing in the vault all this time — available to scholars (who have been able to use the work for their own Twain biographies) but no one else.  On its website, UCP says that “the strict instruction that these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be ‘dead, and unaware, and indifferent’ and therefore free to speak his ‘whole frank mind.'”

As an unabashed Twain enthusiast — I reread The Innocent Abroad every few years — I can’t wait for this. Thoughts?

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