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.
Diaries of Adam & Eve, The (Literary Classics)by Mark Twain
In this witty, charming work Mark Twain retells the Garden of Eden story in the first person, presenting the separate perspectives in diary form of the legendary father and mother of the human race. In Twain's version Adam comes across as the original couch potato, grumpily uninterested at first in the new long-haired creature with the different shape who keeps pestering him with her new ideas. Eve, by contrast, is the talkative, ever-curious experimenter whose inquisitive nature prompts her to name all the animals in the garden and leads her to the discovery of fire, among other things. Cain and Abel also make brief appearances as squawking infants whom Adam largely ignores while Eve does all the hard work of child-rearing. It doesn't dawn on him till they are almost full-grown that these puzzling new creatures are his children.
This is a funny and touching retelling of the age-old myth, full of Twain's sarcastic humor, incisive intelligence, and subtle touches of pathos for the foibles of human nature.
Meet the Author
- 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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A creative look at the Genesis fable.
Maybe I don't understand his style, but it was the worst book I've read. Adam came off as an idiot and Eve as some poor lost soul. Since I read the book, I have found out Mark Twain didn't believe in God or the Bible. If that is the case, then this book makes sense. Wish I would have known that before I bought it. I wouldn't have bothered. Deleted it completely from my Nook.