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In November 2010 the University of California Press officially released Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1. This is the first of three volumes that will be released over the next five years. This authoritative edition, edited by Harriet Elinor Smith and other editors of the Mark Twain Papers at University of California at Berkeley, contains extensive annotations and explains how each of the previous versions of the Autobiography differed from Mark Twain's original intent. The complete autobiography in three volumes will contain approximately 500,000 words of written and autobiographical dictation. The complete text of the book along with annotations and textual explanations is also available on at http://www.marktwainproject.org.
It is unknown at this date whether the final editions from University of California Press will contain all the illustrations that originally accompanied the newspaper publication of portions of the Autobiography in 1907 and 1908.
Prior to the publication by the University of California Press in 2010, various portions of the Autobiography appeared as follows:
NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, about 100,000 words
in 25 installments published from September 1906 - December 1907.
MARK TWAIN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, edited by Albert Bigelow Paine in two volumes, about 195,000 words, published by Harper's in 1924. This work included passages from the NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW as well as a few chapters that Paine had published in HARPER'S MAGAZINE in early 1922.
MARK TWAIN IN ERUPTION, edited by Bernard DeVoto, published by Harper and Brothers in 1940. This edition included 150,000 words from the original manuscripts and NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW articles that were not included in Paine's MARK TWAIN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, edited by Charles Neider, published by Harper and Row in 1959. This edition included text from earlier editions plus 30,000 words that had not yet appeared previously.
MARK TWAIN'S OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE CHAPTERS FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. With Introduction and Notes by Michael J. Kiskis, published in 1990 by University of Wisconsin Press, reprinted the earlier NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW articles and provided a detailed comparison list of the earlier editions. A second edition of this work was released in 2010.
None of the earlier editions of Twain's autobiography were illustrated
and none of the previous works make note of the wide distribution the AUTOBIOGRAPHY
received as it was published nationwide via Sunday newspaper supplements during
Mark Twain's lifetime. The following list is an attempt to document the illustrations
that were used in conjunction with Mark Twain's autobiography.
MARK TWAIN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY with illustations appeared in SUNDAY MAGAZINE supplements beginning in October 27, 1907 and running until September 27, 1908 in the following newspapers:
St. Louis Republic
Rocky Mountain News and Denver Times
New York Tribune
These installments followed the unillustrated serialized edition of AUTOBIOGRAPHY that appeared in NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW although the segments were not identical. John Thomson Willing was the art editor of the Associated Sunday Magazines and it is likely that he made the arrangements with the various illustrators for the artwork. Willing later informed F. Luis Mora that Mark Twain was very enthusiastic about the color portrait that was featured on the cover of SUNDAY MAGAZINE that introduced the series on October 27, 1907. (A biography of artist F. LUIS MORA by Lynne Pauls Baron is available from amazon.com.)
(Note: pages from the SUNDAY MAGAZINE supplements from the New York Tribune are now searchable online from the Library of Congress "Chronicling America" website and those links are included below.)
p. 3 - Mark Twain with his characters by F. Luis Mora -- also online at:
p. 4 - "Ascending the Pyramid" from Innocents Abroad
"Colonel Sellers Feeding His Family on Expectations" from Gilded Age
"Street Cars of Damascus" from Innocents Abroad
p. 4 - photo of the birthplace at Florida, MO.;
photo of the boyhood home in Hannibal, copyright 1899, Harper's
p. 6 - "The Inspiring Library Mantel" - looks like photo or illustration
Josh Billings, Mark Twain, Petroleum Nasby - illustration from the known photo;
Mark Twain's home at Hartford - looks like photo or illustration from photo
p. 6 - 3 ea. illustrations by True Williams from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
p. 6 - Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled "Here Is a Boy Seven Years Old Who Can't Chaw Tobacco!"
Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled "There! I Have Found It Out!" He said. Illustration depicts Twain with German portier with Twain leaning down and looking over a translation of one of his own books.
p. 6 - Photo by Underwood & Underwood dated 1907 titled "I Always Had a Fondness for Kittens." Photo of Twain sitting on large rock holding kitten.
Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled "I Had Never Seen a Member of the
Family Kiss Another - Except Once." Illustration features Pamela bending
over John Marshall Clemens on his death bed. Online at:
p. 6 - Unsigned illustration (probably by Emlen McConnell) titled "Almost
Precisely as in My Dream of Several Weeks Before." Illustration features
Sam kneeling beside a wounded Henry as a tall man looks on. Online at:
Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled "He Wept, and We All Wept with Him." Illustration of young American con artist, Sam Clemens, Charles Warren Stoddard and George Dolby.
Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled "Papa Blew His Soap Bubbles and
Filled Them with Tobacco Smoke." Features Susy, Clara, and Sam blowing
bubbles. Online at:
Illustration titled "Jean Was Kept Busy Signing Death Warrants" features girls dressed in roles for Prince and Pauper with little Jean sitting at a table writing.
Illustration of Clemens with daughter Jean looking at ducks titled "I Don't See Why God Gives Us so Much Ducks."
Ilustration by Emlen McConnell titled "The Trouble Began When I Found Myself in Front of My First Audience" features Clemens full length standing beside a podium
Photo of Clemens bowling titled "I Never Started a Ball That Didn't Score a Ten-Strike"
Illustration titled: The Man Burst in. "Now I Don't Want Any More Out of You!" -- to illustrate passage about a practical joke Dean Sage played on Joseph Twichell. Illustration features two men on a porch arguing -- one standing, one seated.
Illustration titled "Then His Melancholy Eyes Fell Upon Captain Osborn, and a Light of Glad Recognition Flashed From Them" - depicts four men standing around a table. Used to illustrate anecdote of Burton Sanders and two waiters playing a con game on Captain Osborn.
Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled "I Was Drowned Nine Times Before
I Learned to Swim." features black slave woman pulling young Sam from the
water. Online at:
p. 8 - 3 photos -- one each of Charles Dudley Warner, Joel Chandler Harris, and Frank R. Stockton
Illustration by Emlen McConnell titled: He Said, "Do You Mean to Tell
Me That You Were Selling Another Man's Dog?" -- illustrates the story of
Sam selling General Miles a dog. Online at:
One illustration from a photo titled "William Winter in 1877."
One illustration from a photo titled "W. D. Howells in 1877."