My bookshelf welcomes Hannibal’s favorite son; his complete autobiography serves up riveting entertainment that cements his legend. He reveals as much about himself as Walter Williams could dig up about the rest of Northeast Missouri. Twain wallows in more than 2200 pages of details about his life, his annoyances and his wit, and he gets away with it, of course, like Jesse James gets away with murder in the worshipful words of John Newman Edwards.

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