Mark Twain left instructions that his unedited autobiography not be published until one hundred years after his death. This year marks the centennial of the author’s demise. The first of three large volumes was just published. In it the creator of two of America’s best-known fictional characters – Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer – reveals his thoughts on politics, religion and his fellow man. He recalls time spent with presidents and generals as well as ordinary folk. He’s a withering critic of humanity and a doting parent and spouse. The general editor of The Mark Twain Project explains why fascination for the author and his work endures.