For once, the rumors about Mark Twain are true.
It only took him 100 years, but the author of Huckleberry Finn will finally release a new book. Upon Twain’s dying request, his autobiography was withheld from publication. It’s been pacing around a vault at the University of California, Berkeley for years, but in November, the first of three volumes will be released to the public.
The tome is more than 5,000 pages and will include the kinds of personal admission one only expresses when, well, they’ve been dead for a century.
According to the Telegraph, the memoir includes:
… [his] little-known but scandalous relationship with Isabel Van Kleek Lyon, who became his secretary after the death of his wife Olivia in 1904. Twain was so close to Lyon that she once bought him an electric vibrating sex toy. But she was abruptly sacked in 1909, after the author claimed she had “hypnotised” him into giving her power of attorney over his estate.
The juicy bits are sure to surprise readers accustomed to the image of the worldly and witty grandfather, which Twain reveled in. Experts suspect Twain also wanted the autobiography delayed because his personal views on politics and religion clashed with his well-crafted public persona.
While the definitive memoir might have shock value, Twain’s post-humorous account is sure to be include plenty of just that: humor.