Read by Kerry Shale.
After dozens of false starts Mark Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life.
His innovative notion to "Talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment" meant that his thoughts could range freely.
The strict instruction that these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent" and therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind".
In celebration of the centenary of his death, the University of California Press have released his uncensored autobiography for the first time, exactly as he left it.
The author's authentic and unsuppressed voice speaks clearly from the grave as he intended, brimming with humour, ideas and opinions.
Abridged by Jane Marshall Productions
A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.
Kerry Shale reads from Mark Twain's autobiography.