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The New York Times, April 12, 1925

Only One-third of Mark Twain's "Autobiography" Published

Only one-third of "Mark Twain's Autobiography" was published in the two volumes which appeared last Autumn with that title, according to information recently obtained from Albert Bigelow Paine, biographer of Mark Twain. The full text would fill six volumes similar in size to the two already published. A present there are no plans for publishing the remainder, although, according to Mr. Paine, "there is no reason why a considerable portion of it should not be used whenever the public seems ready for it. There are also chapters which it would not do to print for a generation or two." It is said that portions of the unpublished manuscript refer to Mark Twain's domestic life.

In the introduction to the "Autobiography" published last Autumn Mr. Paine said: "In the beginning it was Mark Twain's frequently expressed command that the 'Autobiography' was not to be published until he had been dead at least a hundred years. But as the months passed he modified this idea, and himself selected a number of chapters for use in The North American Review. Discussing the matter late, he expressed a willingness that any portions of the work not dealing too savagely with living persons or their immediate descendants should be published sooner, either serially or in book form."

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