For an anyone of importance to declare that their autobiography be left unpublished for 100 years so he can be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent” requires a considerable pair of literary cojones. If there’s one person that could pull it off and still remain pertinent, it’s the national treasure Mark Twain. 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death and with it comes the much-anticipated first volume of his uncensored autobiography in its complete entirety. Who was Mark Twain beyond his works? What were his opinions? It’s all right there on paper for you to judge at, laught with, and be awed by. After all, how can you not be fascinated by the man who brought us the saying “When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”

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