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Twain requested his memoirs wouldn't be published for 100 years. It's an interesting story!


If you were to write your own, would you want to do the same thing or would you allow immediate release? 

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Wow. That's so cool! And now that I think of it, I might let mine sit for a hundred years, but only if I was sure I would still be popular or famous then. And Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) definitely had that security! :)
I'd want immediate release. That way I'd get to promote it to the hilt and to spend the money I made from it LOL. He must have worried about upsetting a lot of people!

And did you know Callie that his pen name was actually a boating term used to define water depth? True story. :) He was a Mississippi River pilot.
Wow, really? When I joined this site, I thought it would help me with my writing, but what do you know. I've probably learned more here than I would at any other site! :)

Kay Elizabeth said:
I'd want immediate release. That way I'd get to promote it to the hilt and to spend the money I made from it LOL. He must have worried about upsetting a lot of people!

And did you know Callie that his pen name was actually a boating term used to define water depth? True story. :) He was a Mississippi River pilot.
I knew that! :) "Mark twain" meant it was "mark two", which signified a two fathom depth. Trivia like that seeps into my brain. See, now you're all prepared for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Callie. :)

Callie Leah said:
Wow, really? When I joined this site, I thought it would help me with my writing, but what do you know. I've probably learned more here than I would at any other site! :)

Kay Elizabeth said:
I'd want immediate release. That way I'd get to promote it to the hilt and to spend the money I made from it LOL. He must have worried about upsetting a lot of people!

And did you know Callie that his pen name was actually a boating term used to define water depth? True story. :) He was a Mississippi River pilot.
Great! I could use a million bucks! :)

scribbler said:
I knew that! :) "Mark twain" meant it was "mark two", which signified a two fathom depth. Trivia like that seeps into my brain. See, now you're all prepared for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Callie. :)

Callie Leah said:
Wow, really? When I joined this site, I thought it would help me with my writing, but what do you know. I've probably learned more here than I would at any other site! :)

Kay Elizabeth said:
I'd want immediate release. That way I'd get to promote it to the hilt and to spend the money I made from it LOL. He must have worried about upsetting a lot of people!

And did you know Callie that his pen name was actually a boating term used to define water depth? True story. :) He was a Mississippi River pilot.
Personally, I would want mine to be released right after my death was confirmed. I would be too afraid to upset people if I was still alive and well and it got released. And, with any luck, there would more then likely be a bunch of media hounds at my door and who wants their last years to go by being pestered by the media?

As for his pen name: Learn something new every day...lol.

@ Callie: I think we could all use a million dollars. :)
I could for sure, Dairenna LOL. Now if I were the owner of the handwritten manuscript of Twain's that sold this week at auction for $242,500 I could settle for that.

The unpublished "A Family Sketch" was a 64-page, handwritten manuscript that Twain wrote around 1896 or 1897 for Olivia "Susy" Clemens, who inspired some of his stories and even wrote her own biography of her father. The document also reminisced about his own childhood and was described as the missing chapter of his autobiography.

"What initially began as a tribute to his late -- and undisputed favorite -- daughter Susy thus devolved into a narrative that encompasses the whole of this family and friends as well as glimpses of incidents of his own childhood," auctioneer Sotheby's said in a statement.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65H0OM20100618

Dairenna VonRavenstone said:
Personally, I would want mine to be released right after my death was confirmed. I would be too afraid to upset people if I was still alive and well and it got released. And, with any luck, there would more then likely be a bunch of media hounds at my door and who wants their last years to go by being pestered by the media?

As for his pen name: Learn something new every day...lol.

@ Callie: I think we could all use a million dollars. :)
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. Mark Twain.

A good man was '2 fathoms'...
He certainly had that reputation. It will be interesting to see if that remains intact after his memoirs come out. My only fear is that they will be a big let-down after being so anticipated.

Sean Noonan said:
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. Mark Twain.

A good man was '2 fathoms'...
I never did get round to reading the memoirs... anyone?

And you being a man of the sea too, Sean. Shame on you. ;) 

I'm kidding. It's not out yet. The last lines of the article say Nov, so it should be any time. That's one for the Christmas wishlist! :)

But don't bother waiting in line just yet to buy your copy. Twain's autobiography doesn't hit store shelves until November.

Sean Noonan said:

I never did get round to reading the memoirs... anyone?
Me too. lots to look forward to this Christmas.

Kay Elizabeth said:

And you being a man of the sea too, Sean. Shame on you. ;) 

I'm kidding. It's not out yet. The last lines of the article say Nov, so it should be any time. That's one for the Christmas wishlist! :)

But don't bother waiting in line just yet to buy your copy. Twain's autobiography doesn't hit store shelves until November.

Sean Noonan said:

I never did get round to reading the memoirs... anyone?

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