Twain to top US best seller lists
Published 20/10/2010 | 09:09
Mark Twain is heading for the top of the US best seller lists - a century after his death.
Pre-orders for the first of three planned volumes of his autobiography, released in full upon the centennial of Twain's death, have for the past few days placed the book in the top five of Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com.
It is outpacing new works by Ken Follett, John Grisham and Jon Stewart.
The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 comes out on November 15 from the University of California Press, which has already increased the first printing from 50,000 copies to 75,000, the publisher said.
The book is a highly unusual hit, not only because it was written so long ago, but because the actual text is an assembly of remembrances, commentaries, newspaper clippings and journal entries.
Twain worked on his memoir for years and never finished it.
Excerpts appeared over the past several decades, but Twain's strong opinions on current affairs and other matters were left out, at his request.
He said that it was best to wait 100 years after his death for the whole book to be released.