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Diaries of Adam and Eve, The

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Diaries of Adam and Eve, The

American author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was born in Florida, MO, in 1835, and grew up in Hannibal, MO. “Eve’s Diary” (1905) and “Extracts from Adam’s Diary” (1904) are comical short stories in which the character of Adam is thought to be based on Twain and the character of Eve on his wife Olivia Langdon Clemens. The stories are included as part of a series of stories Twain wrote about Adam and Eve including “That Day in Eden,” “Eve Speaks,” “Adam’s Soliloquy,” and the “Autobiography of Eve.” Twain’s wife died in 1904 right before “Eve’s Diary” was written, leading some critics to believe that Twain may have been written it as a kind of humorous love letter to his wife. The story was published in book form in 1906 and included illustrations depicting Eve in the nude. As a result, the book was banned by libraries. In a letter to a friend, Twain remarked, “…the truth is, that when a library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn’t anger me.”