Autobiography of Mark Twain (2 page)

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Preliminary Manuscripts and Dictations, 1870–1905
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN
Explanatory Notes
Appendixes
Samuel L. Clemens: A Brief Chronology
Family Biographies
Speech at the Seventieth Birthday Dinner, 5 December 1905
Speech at The Players, 3 January 1906
Previous Publication
Note on the Text
Word Division in This Volume
References
Index
Photographs
LIST OF MANUSCRIPTS
AND DICTATIONS
 
 
Preliminary Manuscripts and Dictations, 1870–1905
1870
[The Tennessee Land]
1877
[Early Years in Florida, Missouri]
1885
The Grant Dictations
 
The Chicago G.A.R. Festival
 
[A Call with W. D. Howells on General Grant]
 
Grant and the Chinese
 
Gerhardt
 
About General Grant’s Memoirs
 
[The Rev. Dr. Newman]
1890, 1893–94
The Machine Episode
1897
Travel-Scraps I
1898
Four Sketches about Vienna
 
[Beauties of the German Language]
 
[Comment on Tautology and Grammar]
 
[A Group of Servants]
 
[A Viennese Procession]
1898
My Debut as a Literary Person
1898–99
Horace Greeley
1898–99
Lecture-Times
1898–99
Ralph Keeler
1900
Scraps from My Autobiography. From Chapter IX
1900
Scraps from My Autobiography. Private History of a Manuscript That Came to Grief
1903
[Reflections on a Letter and a Book]
1903
[Something about Doctors]
1904
[Henry H. Rogers]
1905
[Anecdote of Jean]

 

Except for the subtitle “Random Extracts from It” (which Clemens himself enclosed in brackets), bracketed titles have been editorially supplied for works that Clemens left untitled.
 
 
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN
1906
An Early Attempt
1897–98
My Autobiography [Random Extracts from It]
1906
The Latest Attempt
1906
The Final (and Right) Plan
1906
Preface. As from the Grave
1904
The Florentine Dictations
 
[John Hay]
 
Notes on “Innocents Abroad”
 
[Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Bailey Aldrich]
 
[Villa di Quarto]
1906
Autobiographical Dictations, January–March
 
  9 January
  7 February
  8 March
 
10 January
  8 February
  9 March
 
11 January
  9 February
12 March
 
12 January
12 February
14 March
 
13 January
13 February
15 March
 
15 January
14 February
16 March
 
16 January
15 February
20 March
 
17 January
16 February
21 March
 
18 January
20 February
22 March
 
19 January
21 February
23 March
 
23 January
22 February
26 March
 
24 January
23 February
27 March
 
  1 February
26 February
28 March
 
  2 February
  5 March
29 March
 
  5 February
  6 March
30 March
 
  6 February
  7 March
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 

Intensive editorial work on the
Autobiography of Mark Twain
began some six years ago and will continue for several more years. But the collective skills and expertise that have allowed us to solve the daunting problems posed by this manuscript came gradually into existence over four decades of editorial work on Mark Twain. We therefore thank the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency, both for its three most recent outright and matching grants over the last six years, and for its patient, generous, and uninterrupted support of the Mark Twain Project since 1966. At the same time and with the same fervor, we thank the Koret Foundation for its recent generous grant in support of editorial and production work on the
Autobiography
, all of which has gone (or will go) to satisfy the matching component of the Endowment’s recent grants to the Project.

For additional continuing support of work on the
Autobiography
and for help in acquiring important original documents for the Mark Twain Papers, we thank those institutions and individuals listed on page ix. The Mark Twain Project has been sustained over the years in so many ways by so many people that we are obliged, with regret, to thank them as one large group rather than by individual names. For donations to sustain our work, ranging from five dollars to five million dollars, we here thank all our loyal and generous supporters. Without their support, the Project would long ago have ceased to exist, and would certainly not be completing work on the
Autobiography
at this time.

Recent efforts have been made to create an endowment to support the present and future work of the Mark Twain Project, and we want to acknowledge those efforts here. First and foremost we thank all the members of the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1958, led by Roger and Jeane Samuelsen, Edward H. Peterson, and Don and Bitsy Kosovac, who recently created an endowment of $1 million dedicated to the Mark Twain Project. We thank each and every member of the Class for their far-seeing wisdom and generosity. To that endowment fund we may now add, with renewed gratitude, contributions from the estate of Phyllis R. Bogue and the estate of Peter K. Oppenheim.

Instrumental in all recent fund-raising for the Project has been the Mark Twain Luncheon Club, organized ten years ago by Ira Michael Heyman, Watson M. (Mac) Laetsch, and Robert Middlekauff. Their leadership has been unflagging and indispensable, and we thank them for it and for a thousand other forms of help. We also thank all of the Club’s nearly one hundred members for their loyal financial and moral support of the Project, and on their behalf we extend thanks to the several dozen speakers who have agreed to address the Luncheon Club members over the years. Our thanks also go to Dave Duer, director of development in the Berkeley University Library, for his continuing wise and judicious counsel, and for his unprecedented
efforts to raise financial support for the Project. Last but not least we want to thank the Berkeley campus as a whole for granting the Project relief from indirect costs on its several grants from the Endowment. We are grateful for this and all other forms of support from our home institution.

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