Jump to Content

(Citations: On Off) Interactive View | Reading View | Print View

Prev | Section | Next


Add to My Citations
Click to add citation to My Citations.
[page 203]

An Early [Attempt]

Add to My Citations
Click to add citation to My Citations.

[The chapters which immediately follow constitute [a fragment of] one of my many attempts [(after I was in my forties)] to put my life on [paper].]

Add to My Citations
Click to add citation to My Citations.

It starts out with good confidence, but suffers the fate of its [brethren—is] presently abandoned for some other and newer interest. This is not to be wondered at, for its plan is the old, old, old unflexible and difficult one—the plan that starts you at the [cradle and] drives you straight for the grave, with no side-excursions permitted on the way. Whereas the side-excursions are the life of [our] life-voyage, and should be, also, of its history.


Explanatory Notes: Expand | Collapse
Textual Commentary

Add to My Citations

Click to add citation to My Citations.
203.1–2 The chapters which immediately follow . . . to put my life on paper] Clemens wrote the title page and “Early Attempt” preface for Autobiography of Mark Twain in June 1906, when he conceived his final plan for the work; his manuscript survives in the Mark Twain Papers. See the Introduction for a discussion of this plan and a facsimile of the manuscript (figures 2–3).