The Best Way to Read Mark Twain’s Autobiography

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Mark Twain’s autobiography was published for the first time this past November, in keeping with his wishes that the Mark Twain autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death (Mark Twain’s date of death was April 21, 1910; Mark Twain’s date of birth was November 30, 1835). In the autobiography Mark Twain clearly indicates that he is speaking freely (and often shockingly) about friends, acquaintances, enemies, and other contemporaries, because he has fixed it so that what he is saying about them cannot be published during their lifetime or, indeed, the lifetime of their children. And so it is that the Mark Twain autobio is only just now coming to light, and well worth the wait: Mark Twain’s life was very interesting. Straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, it only makes sense that of all the Mark Twain biographies one might read, at the top of the list should be Mark Twain’s biography of himself.

But how to read it, when the font is so tiny that it almost necessitates a magnifying glass, and weighs in at hefty 743 pages of tiny print?

Here’s how.

Using the free Kindle reader application on your reader of choice – be it an iPad, an Android tablet, or your computer.

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You see, when you read the Autobiography of Mark Twain on a screen, not only is the font the normal size, but you can make it any size you want! This is one of those times when using an electronic book reader is a big advantage over the hard copy. The book itself is too big to lug around (and if you don’t have it with you all the time, you will never get through it), and the font too tiny to read even if you do have it with you.

But reading it on your computer, iPad, or Android tablet using the free Kindle application makes reading it a joy!

So if you don’t already have the Kindle application for your device or computer, you can get the free Kindle reader application for any device or computer here.

Then you can get the Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1 from the Kindle story for only $9.79, which is less than half the cost of the hard copy edition.

By the way, you may be interested to know, for when you start reading the Twain autobiography on your reading device, that the actual autobiography starts on page 60, the first 59 pages are the editors notes, commentary, and back history.

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