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(San Francisco, CA)  —  The first copies of author Mark Twain’s autobiography were released in the San Francisco Bay area Monday.  The University of California at Berkeley published the book a full century after Twain’s death.  Mark Twain was born Samuel Clemens and asked that his autobiography not be released until 100 years after his death which occurred in April, 1910 at age 74.  Twain believed after a century all of those he criticized as well as their kids and grandchildren would be dead.  U.C. Berkeley staff compiled the three-volume autobiography from Twain’s extensive papers which the school acquired in the 1960s.  Berkeley is scheduled to print 300-thousand copies of the first book about the humorist who penned “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

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11-16-2010 01:42:12