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Lester Ralph,Mark Twain
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Eve's Diary, Complete - Lester Ralph. EVE'S DIARY, By Mark Twain. Project Gutenberg's Eve's Diary, Complete, by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with. almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or. re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included. with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: Eve's Diary, Complete. Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

Eves diary, complete, . Produced by David Widger and Cindy Rosenthal. Illustrated by Lester Ralph. Eve's Diary, Complete, . 1 2. Translated from the Original. I am almost a whole day old, now.

Eve's Diary has a lighter tone than the others in the series, as Eve has a strong appreciation for beauty and love. The book may have been written as a posthumous love-letter to Mark Twain's wife Olivia Langdon Clemens, or Livy, who died in June 1904, just before the story was written. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "Eve's Diary is finished - I've been waiting for her to speak, but she doesn't say anything more. The story ends with Adam's speaking at Eve's grave, "Wherever she was, there was Eden. First Page: Eve's diary

Eve's Diary (1906) is one of Twain's best stories, in which he addresses gender equity issues, using his iconic wit and satire. We mention this story in The Unreliable Narrator as a "Reliable Narrator" in contrast with Extracts from Adam's Diary.

Eve's Diary (1906) is one of Twain's best stories, in which he addresses gender equity issues, using his iconic wit and satire. I arrived yesterday. That is as it seems to me. And it must be so, for if there was a I was not there when it happened, or I should remember it.

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An unabridged, illustrated edition of Mark Twain's classic, to include over 50 drawings by Lester Ralph
  • Dellevar
Only someone with such a splendid sense of humor and a joy for life as Mark Twain could have pulled this off... but there's a story behind the story, and another one beyond that, so read on.

Eve's Diary is an entertaining, truly delightful piece written in the style of a diary kept by the first woman, Eve. This Kindle version has all of the illustrations that were done by Lester Ralph. Originally published in the 1905 Christmas issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, it was popular enough to be subsequently published in book format in June 1906 by the Harper & Brothers publishing house. You'll see the red cover of that first edition posted by this reviewer in the images here.

Mark Twain was 70 at the time of the initial publication of this story, and his works in his later years were inclined to be somewhat critical and even vitriolic. But this little story was warm, heartfelt, and emotional. He had suffered the loss of his much-loved wife Livy in 1904, and it's clear that he had reflected on his married existence in Eve's Diary as his own private Eden with Livy. Through his words we see the `first woman' to be more open, candid and seemingly smarter than her companion, and his life was all the better for her being there.

Mark Twain wrote the story in the style of a diary kept by Eve, the first woman in the Judeo-Christian creation. It's claimed by the author to have been "translated from the original MS." The storyline of Twain's novel is the first-person account of Eve from her creation up to her burial by her mate, Adam, including meeting and getting to know him, and exploring the world around her, the Garden of Eden. The following is posted here not as a spoiler but as a teaser, and is the first entry of Eve's diary:

"SATURDAY. -- I am almost a whole day old, now. I arrived yesterday. That is as it seems to me. And it must be so, for if there was a day-before-yesterday I was not there when it happened, or I should remember it. It could be, of course, that it did happen, and that I was not noticing. Very well; I will be very watchful now, and if any day-before-yesterdays happen I will make a note of it. It will be best to start right and not let the record get confused, for some instinct tells me that these details are going to be important to the historian some day. For I feel like an experiment, I feel exactly like an experiment; it would be impossible for a person to feel more like an experiment than I do, and so I am coming to feel convinced that that is what I AM--an experiment; just an experiment, and nothing more."

In this Kindle edition, that journal entry is placed it's placed between two of Lester Ralph's beautifully rendered black and white line drawings. The story goes on and then jumps forty years into the future after the fall and expulsion from Eden.

This one of a string of books that Twain wrote concerning the tale of Adam and Eve, including 'Extracts from Adam's Diary,' 'That Day In Eden,' 'Eve Speaks,' 'Adam's Soliloquy,' and the 'Autobiography of Eve.' `Eve's Diary' was a short companion piece to his earlier comic story `Extracts from Adam's Diary,' a light comical burlesque on the Book of Genesis.

But there's more to the story than this.

The original book version of the story was published with 55 illustrations by Lester Ralph, and they depicted Eve and Adam in their natural settings... in other words, in their birthday suits. Some considered the depiction of an unclothed woman obscene when the book was first released in the United States, and that resulted in a controversy around the book.

Then The New York Times posted an article dated November 24, 1906, noting that `'Eve's Diary' had been among 100 books bought for the Charlton Public Library in Massachusetts, and had been barred by Frank O. Wakefield, one of the Trustees. The other Trustees concurred with him. The librarian, Mrs. Hattie L. Carpenter, had looked through it, and had brought this book to his attention. As the Times reported:

"After looking long and earnestly at on picture depicting Eve pensively reclining on a rock, Mr. Wakefield decided to act."

When contacted about this event, Mark Twain responded: "The action of the Charlton library was not of the slightest interest to me."

But the banned book story doesn't end there.

On September 21, 2011, the New York Times ran an article stating that after 105 years `Eve's Diary' was back on the shelf. Richard Whitehead, a new library trustee at that same library happened to stumble on the old forgotten controversy about the book. As the article reported:

"More than a century later, Mr. Whitehead and his fellow trustees voted unanimously (with one of the six absent) on Tuesday to lift the ban and bring `Eve's Diary' back to their brick library on Main Street. Two copies of the book -- with Mr. Ralph's illustrations, which now seem quite chaste -- were put into circulation on Wednesday, as was an audio version for those who prefer to conjure their own images."

Even better, the library made the book the focus of their exhibit for national Banned Book Week, which started that weekend.

And now you can enjoy your own copy of Mark Twain's banned book right here. Though there's no table of contents, this is a nicely formatted Kindle edition, and the publishers should be commended for keeping the original version intact... just as it was when the late library trustee Frank Wakefield opened the red cover of Eve's Diary over a century ago, and after looking "long and earnestly" at the picture that depicted "Eve pensively reclining on a rock," and he decided to act, obviously in the public welfare.

Something tells me that the ghost of Mark Twain had a good laugh over that.

  • Zeus Wooden
This is the companion to Extracts from Adam's Diary. Although the tone of this story is quite different that Adam's Diary in that it is not overtly humorous, it is still a worthwhile read. The two stories together poke fun at the differences between the sexes. This one, being from the female perspective, is a little more introspective and emotional, but nonetheless still humorous when comparing how the two genders completely misinterpret each others actions and can witness the same event and come up with two different versions of what happened. Yet despite these seemingly irreconcilable differences, the two still come to love and depend on each other.

I do recommend reading Adam's Diary first, otherwise the end of Eve's Diary has little meaning. I actually teared up on reading it.
  • Thorgahuginn
Mark Twain was a great author and had a unique way of looking at the world. He brought that uniqueness to his stories, of which this is only one. Written in the same first-person style as Letters from the Earth, it is fun to read and speculate if the story were close to being true. My only issue is that it ends too quickly.
  • Nikok
This is a witty work filled with insightful moments of reflection that flows well, despite being in diary form. Mark Twain's thoughts and ponderances are a delight to read, and open up discussion on humankind in a subtle and delicious manner.
  • Mitynarit
Probably just the times in which it was written but it came across to me that Mr. Twain had a low opinion of women. I've read much of Mr. Twain's work and this one just did not grab me.
  • Kirinaya
It's amazing how Twain's words feel so contemporary. His insights into men and women are timeless, thoughtful, and thought-provoking.

Good reading for men, women, or children!
  • Burgas
If you enjoy Mark Twain's wrings other than the novels and the short stories, then likely you will enjoy this. This is free as part of Amazon Prime.
I really like this story. It is very short but interesting. It is one of Mark Twain's masterpiece full with wisdom and funny words and sentences.