Mark Twain Uncensored

twain vol 2 coverBanned Books Week is the celebration of books challenged in libraries and classrooms across the nation. Books are banned for various reasons, but most are banned for content not deemed appropriate for readers. The list of banned books is lengthy, and contains some of the most timeless pieces of literature ever produced. It is the dream of many authors to have a book on the banned books list.

One of the most prominent authors on the list is Mark Twain. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has met consistent resistance since it was first published. Benjamin Griffin–an editor of The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2recently contributed to the BookPage blog on some of the instances of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being banned. The post can be found here.

In The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2, Mark Twain has several passages where he talks about the illicit nature of his books. Reading these passages, it is easy to see where Huck and Tom got their penchants for stirring up trouble and controversy in their own stories. Twain understood that controversy-much like the controversy of banned books nowadays-simply gives more air to the books and characters that censors try to bury.

“When people let ‘Huck Finn’ alone he goes peacefully along, damaging a few children here and there and yonder, but there will be plenty of children in heaven without those, so it is no great matter. It is only when well-meaning people expose him that he gets his real chance to do harm. Temporarily, then, he spreads havoc all around in the nurseries and no doubt does prodigious harm while he has his chance. By and by, let us hope, people that really have the best interests of the rising generation at heart will become wise and not stir Huck up.” The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2


Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 By the Numbers

Due out in October, Volume 2 of the Autobiography of Mark Twain recently hit the presses at book manufacturer Thomson-Shore in Dexter, Michigan.

While the initial printing is 100,000 copies, the first run numbered 65,000. Take a look at what that means…

It means 250,000 lbs. of paper
paper
Which is six truckloads worth.

It means 50 million printed pages

That takes six days on the press.
pages

That’s 8.5 million pages printed per day
pages
Which comes out to 11,000 books printed per day
That takes two days to bind.

Number of books bound per day: 32,500
books

It means 9,500 books per truckload
For a total of seven trucks filled with 65,000 finished copies of:
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2


Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 By the Numbers

Due out in October, Volume 2 of the Autobiography of Mark Twain recently hit the presses at book manufacturer Thomson-Shore in Dexter, Michigan.

While the initial printing is 100,000 copies, the first run numbered 65,000. Take a look at what that means…
It means 250,000 lbs. of paper
paper
Which is six truckloads worth.

It means 50 million printed pages

That takes six days on the press.
pages

That’s 8.5 million pages printed per day
pages
Which comes out to 11,000 books printed per day
That takes two days to bind.

Number of books bound per day: 32,500
books

It means 9,500 books per truckload
For a total of seven trucks filled with 65,000 finished copies of:
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2


Volume 2 of Mark Twain’s Autobiography Arrives Soon… Get the App Now!

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 cover imageAre you ready for more uncensored Mark Twain? The eagerly-anticipated Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2, will be published in October. Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain’s life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day.

And if you can’t wait until October, check out our free app for iPhone and iPad, a treasure trove of rarely seen images of Samuel Clemens and his family, plus audio excerpts from both Volumes 1 and 2 of the Autobiography of Mark Twain. Get a glimpse into the wide-ranging and candid narrative of the life that Mark Twain embargoed until 100 years after his death.

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