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The Author-Cat: Clemens's Life in Fiction

Forrest G. Robinson

Abstract

At the end of his long life, Samuel Clemens felt driven to write a truthful account of what he regarded as the flaws in his character and the errors of his ways. His attempt to tell the unvarnished truth about himself is preserved in nearly 250 autobiographical dictations. In order to encourage complete veracity, he decided from the outset that these would be published only posthumously. Nevertheless, Clemens's autobiography is singularly unrevealing. This book argues that, by contrast, it is in his fiction that Clemens most fully — if often inadvertently — reveals himself. He was, he confesse ... More

Keywords: Samuel Clemens, truth, autobiography, guilt, slavery, Civil War, moral life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823227877
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823227877.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Forrest G. Robinson, author
University of California

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