The Mark Twain Papers and Project of the Bancroft Library, the California Digital Library, and University of California Press have launched a beta version of Mark Twain Project Online, a digital critical edition of the writings of Mark Twain. Coming in 2008 are Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roughing It, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In 2010, look for Mark Twain’s Autobiography. Now online are more than twenty-three hundred letters written between 1853 and 1880.

“What does possess strangers to write so many letters? I never could find that out. However, I suppose I did it myself when I was a stranger.” —Mark Twain, 1881

Can’t wait for the books to be added and annotated online? You can also view Roughing It in “California as I Saw It:” First-Person Narratives of California’s Early Years, 1849-1900, from American Memory at the Library of Congress. Or, check out one of the many Mark Twain items in the JHU Libraries.

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