Mark Twain’s Notebooks
Journals, Letters, Observations, Wit, Wisdom, and Doodles
Edited by Carlo De Vito
This original and insightful collection combines Mark Twain’s journal writings with his rarely seen sketches and doodles to create a fascinating, and often hilarious, record of the thoughts, ideas, and observations of the father of American literature.
A national treasure, and a cultural and literary icon, Mark Twain was called “the father of American literature” by William Faulkner. His beloved works include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and twenty-six other books. His inimitable prose seamlessly weaves together humor, insight, vivid details, and memorable characters. Along with these published works, Twain, who was also a journalist, produced approximately forty to fifty pocket notebooks and wrote countless letters, essays, travelogues, and lectures in his lifetime. Mark Twain’s Notebooks is the first collection to gather these writings and combine them with dozens of Twain’s rarely-seen sketches, doodles, and diagrams, as well as facsimiles of his original journal pages, letters and essays. The result is page after beautifully designed page of some of the best, little-known writings of Mark Twain. Organized by topics such as science, to literature, to health, family life, and food, and the collection also includes intimate letters, which describe the home he built in Hartford, Connecticut, his travels across Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, and his agony over the death of his favorite daughter.
The writing and art is selected by book and publishing veteran Carlo De Vito who provides fascinating commentary and insights into the material throughout the book.
Carlo De Vito the author of more than 15 books, including A Mark Twain Christmas and biographies of D. Wayne Lukas, Wellington Mara, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto. He was the publisher at Running Press Book Publishers and the VP, Editorial Director of Sterling Epicure. He lives with his wife and their two sons, on their farm, the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY.