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- DescriptionExcerpt from The Complete Works of Mark Twain: Mark Twain's Notebook A superstition, nursed and urished by a number of persons - most of them too young to have kwn Mark Twain, too perverse to accept the simple and the obvious, is that because of restrictions laid upon him by his wife, by W. D. Howells, and later by those to whose care he trusted his manuscripts, he has t been permitted to have his say. Now this is a good way from the truth. Mark Twain had his say; as much as any author could have it, thirty, forty, fifty years ago. When restricted at all it was chiefly through his own expressed wish to observe the conventions and convictions of that more orthodox, more timid and delicate (possibly more immaculate), day. It is true, as I have elsewhere freely set down, that Howells, and especially Mrs. Clemens, usually edited his manuscripts, and it is also true that the manuscripts profited, and never, I believe, suffered through their suggestions. His own taste was unreliable - as unreliable as that of any genius: he was likely to mistake cheap banalities for choice bits of humor. His advisers prevailed upon him to eliminate, on occasion, and kwing this, a suspicious mirity, hankering for revelations, call for Mark Twain, unsuppressed, unexpurgated, unedited. The result of such a procedure would be rather dismal: the eliminations would disturb body's refined sensibilities: they would do worse: they would sadden, disenchant, and bore the reader. Some of those that got by his editors might better have been spared. Mark Twain never wrote for publication anything salacious or suggestive or bordering on the indecent. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Author(s)Unknown Author
- PublisherForgotten Books
- Date of Publication26/11/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintForgotten Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight581 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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