Mark Twain died April 21, 1910, just a little more than 100 years ago. Why is this something to ponder now? Well, because Twain left instructions before he died that his autobiography, about 5000 pages, should not be published until 100 years after his death. You may ask yourself why someone would wait 100 years to put their own biography out; some have speculated that Twain delayed it in order to not offend friends. Others have theorized that the autobiography, which contains controversial and "cruel" opinions and a great deal of bitterness, may conflict with the image America had (and still does) of Mark Twain. Parts of the book have already been published, but we have never seen the entire work. How long would you wait?` UC Berkeley has been home to manuscript and will publish it later this year, in the form of a trilogy.
In a time where we update our status on Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis, can you imagine waiting a century to tell people about your life? Sure, people may speculate about you, maybe even debate as to why you've been so quiet about yourself. But would you be holding back just to create an air of mystery about yourself? Or could you do it to protect your friends and family?
If you'd like to read more about Mark Twain's upcoming autobiography, check out this article.