Mark Twain’s Dying Wish Fulfilled

Mark Twain sure knows how to create a buzz. Just before he died, the famed author of such classics as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, stipulated that his autobiography should only be published 100 years after his death! Now perhaps he was waiting for the iPad, but whatever the reason, now that 100 years has passed, it’s been announced that in November, the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript remains in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. Clearly the “Father of American Literature,” as he has been called, gets what he wants. As is evident from this side note found on Wikipedia:

In 1909, Twain is quoted as saying: I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together. His prediction was accurate – Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.


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  1. Hmmm… I wonder what he was so worried about revealing that it had to be 100 years later? The existence of aliens perhaps? All that Halle’s Comet stuff makes me suspicious…

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