Memory and Mark Twain

The BBC World Service recently interviewed Bob Hirst, editor at the Mark Twain Project, and John Freeman, editor of Granta Magazine, which published an excerpt of the Autobiography of Mark Twain in its most recent issue.

Granta chose the excerpt, called “The Farm”, for the clarity and detail of Twain’s childhood memories, said Freeman: “This piece is an assemblage of foods and smells and textures, and all the things that all of us have in our own memory, and he writes of it very plainly and beautifully”.

For readers familiar with Twain’s fiction, the Autobiography is a chance to see him in an entirely new light. “The way in which he emerges in this work is different from the way you would see him in any kind of work of fiction”, said Hirst. “He is there, talking directly to you, and he is not guarding himself”.

Listen to the BBC World Service interview.

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  1. I heard a quote in the middle of the night on BBC in the last several days and am desperately trying to find it again. I don’t know the author but it might have been Freeman and Hirst talking about Twain? Something about “it matters what part of the night” and the author goes on to break down the parts of night. This is very important to me personally and I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you.

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