Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scholar Unravels The Story Behind 'The Father of American Literature' Mark Twain

Allen Pierleoni wrote an interesting piece that appeared in the Kansas City Star about Robert H. Hirst and the late, great author and humorist Mark Twain.

It seems there's nothing Robert H. Hirst doesn't know about humorist Mark Twain, aka "the father of American literature."

A bold statement, but true. Hirst is among the world's pre-eminent Twain scholars. As such, he is the editor-in-charge and curator of the Mark Twain Papers and Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley.

It was Hirst who led his team of editors in sorting through and annotating Twain's 5,000-page manuscript that is the basis of last year's best-selling "The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1" (University of California Press, $34.95, 736 pages).

You can read the rest of the story via the below link:

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