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The Diaries of Adam and Eve (1904, 1906)
     

The Diaries of Adam and Eve (1904, 1906)

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by Mark Twain
 

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These witty and whimsical diaries reflect both Twain's belief in women's equality and his irreverent views of conventional religion. Extracts from Adam's Diary was published first, in 1904 with Fred Strothmann's humorous cartoons of supposedly ancient stone carvings on every left-hand page. Here Twain has a field day with the story of Adam and Eve, playfully

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These witty and whimsical diaries reflect both Twain's belief in women's equality and his irreverent views of conventional religion. Extracts from Adam's Diary was published first, in 1904 with Fred Strothmann's humorous cartoons of supposedly ancient stone carvings on every left-hand page. Here Twain has a field day with the story of Adam and Eve, playfully placing the Garden of Eden at Niagara Falls, "the honeymoon capital of the world." A companion piece, Eve's Diary was published in 1906, accompanied by the stunning line drawings of Lester Ralph; it was banned in Worcester, Massachusetts, because of its supposedly pornographic illustrations of a prelapsarian Eve. Eve's Diary is both a love story and Clemens' loving eulogy to his deceased wife: "Wheresoever she was, there was Eden." The two diaries never appeared in one volume during Twain's lifetime, despite Twain's desire that they be republished together someday, as they are here, in their entirety, for the first time. Now readers can delight in comparing the decidedly different takes Adam and Eve have on the same memorable events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101522
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/05/1996
Series:
Oxford Mark Twain Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:
Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:
Redding, Connecticut

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The Diaries Of Adam And Eve 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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RHale More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best stories by Mark Twain I've ever read. This is always my 'go to' book when I want a book that I can just fall into and forget about everything except laughing and enjoying myself. I have read this story (the Diary of Adam and Eve) at least 15 times and will likely read it at least 100 more in my life. :)
oneengel More than 1 year ago
To understand this book it is in the best interest of the reader to step away from the absolute destruction of Genesis and all the other biblical stories and read this from the point of view of the worst pick-up line ever uttered in a bar "If I was the last man on earth and you were the last women on earth, we would...". This book is what I consider the greatest valentine gift to ever give a women in you life. This book conveys the very essence of love from a totally brilliant man's point of view... Thank god for Sunday's, "I pulled through". I will mutter when laying in bed with my wife "whereever shall be Eve, shall be Eden", conveys a meaning of love that I cannot express in words, but as I gave this book to my wife when we were dating, she TOTALLY understands what I am meaning. When Eve gives her last statement, and if you are not feeling sentimental, I feel sorry for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain is an enchanting account of a biblical tale told in the most non-biblical fashion imaginable. Twain inserts his unmistakable wit in a hilarious story, and throws the reader completely off guard in the friendliest way possible: he takes Adam, the lazy, boring male looking for relaxation and enjoyment and pairs him up with Eve, the inquisitive, curious girl who is searching constantly through her thoughts and is looking for a deep connection with Adam. There is a constant humorous interplay between the two figures, as Eve is constantly croaching upon Adam and dying to know whats going on in his mind, while Adam just wants a day off and wants Eve to stop nagging him. This book is also a touching love story. Adam and Eve find themselves to be the only human beings around, and are a constant symbol for the traits of a typical male-female relationship. There are countless misunderstandings through gender roles, and disagreements so big that they make the earth shake (quite literally, the disagreement over the apple did exactly that)...they even find a baby and have disagreements over him and what their goals are to nurse him. The book, in many ways, is also a comment on Mark Twain's perception of religion. He takes the very traditional and elemental story of Adam and Eve, the ultimate story of man and woman and their traditional places in society, and throws it out of proportion, making it funny, enjoyable, and truly as nonreligious as possible. Religion is scarcely mentioned in the book, if at all, which is one of the main reasons Mark Twain so daringly chose the topic of Adam and Eve to express his disinterest in religion. In fact, the characters, specifically Eve, question their existence and the perception of religion themselves, mostly substituting Mark Twain's own thoughts on the topic. Naturally, both the accounts of Adam and Eve are incredibly different, Adam's being a short, lazy description of his days in the Garden of Eden, and Eve's being a meticolously detailed description and fascination with the environment around her. However, despite the shocking differences between the two, the final conclusion of the book is one of complete and total love from both sides, closing the book in a wonderfully pleasant and heartwarming way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding piece of literature written by Twain, creating believable points of view of Adam and Eve. I was put on an emotional roller coaster, laughing, crying, sympathizing and reasoning. I think this is a classic masterpiece one that should be a school requirement even! You will surely enjoy this quick read and soon be passing it along to others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
never even heard of the book before I saw it in the library. I got it and read it within a couple of hours. Amazing book. I love how Twain's mind works and how he understood the thinking of both men and women.