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Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:51:18 -0500
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I have collection some signed copies of Twain collections from Neider's personal library. I regret not acquiring all of them. 

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> On Jan 19, 2015, at 4:03 AM, Kent Rasmussen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> While in the midst of researching Mark Twain's autobiography, I just 
> noticed that yesterday, Sunday, was the 100th anniversary of Charles 
> Neider's birth on January 18, 1915. Neider, as I'm sure most of you know 
> published _The Autobiography of Mark Twain_ in 1959, arranging the 
> material in an approximation of a cradle-to-grave narrative that differs 
> greatly from the new University of California Press edition of the same 
> material. Neider's version is still in print (at least in a Kindle 
> edition) and has probably been read by more people than any other edition.
> Neider died in 2001. Though almost forgotten today, he had an enormous 
> impact on Mark Twain studies and on public perceptions of Mark Twain 
> through the numerous volumes of Mark Twain's stories, sketches, essays, 
> novels, letters, and speeches that he edited. Among those volumes is 
> _The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain_ (first published in 1957 and 
> still available in a Kindle edition), which is almost certainly the most 
> widely read collection of Mark Twain's stories ever published. While we 
> should thank Neider for helping to keep Mark Twain's name alive through 
> such books, we must also regret has lapses, such as including the 
> editorial fraud "The Mysterious Stranger" in his short story collection.
> I’ll end this note by acknowledging that Neider’s collections of Mark 
> Twain’s stories, sketches, and essays played an important role in 
> drawing me into Mark Twain studies. I don’t know whether that fact 
> should be placed in his credit column or his debit column, but wherever 
> he is now, I’ll wish him a happy birthday.