Revealing Illustrated Literature – Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Eve and Adam

Eve and Apple

ArtWrite Productions will publish “Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Eve and Adam” on June 30, 2017. It will be the sixth book in our Adapted Classics collection of illustrated literature. We are happy to announce this will be the first time we publish an Adapted Classics book in both hardcover and softcover.

Near the end of his life, Mark Twain wrote a series of six stories commonly known as the ‘Adamic Diaries’. Four of the stories poke fun at Christianity and are dark in tone. These stories were not published until after Twain died in 1910. Two of the six stories in the series were published as illustrated books while Twain lived—Extracts from Adam’s Diary in 1904 and Eve’s Diary in 1906. These two stories are less pointed and much lighter in tone. We intertwined them in “Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Eve and Adam” by rearranging text and adding a little new material.

Contrary to Twain’s wishes, the stories were not published in one volume until after his death. Considering them separately, Eve’s Dairy is primarily a tender and loving story. Many think it was Twain’s eulogy to his deceased wife, Olivia. Extracts from Adam’s Diary goes mainly for laughs. The stories work well apart, but even better when read consecutively (or we think, when blended as in this volume). Taken together, the two stories put Eve’s and Adam’s sometimes sweet, sometimes humorous views of creation more effectively at odds.

Critics

Critics often took Twain to task for his ideas and his willingness to poke fun at people and institutions. After the publication of Eve’s Diary, an article in a newspaper criticized Twain for falsifying the bible story of creation by making Eve the namer of things and creatures. Twain responded. He said story-tellers are independent of facts and privileged to rearrange them to meet the requirements of the situation. He said that when he was hot with the fires of production, he would even distort the facts of the multiplication table, let alone the facts of Genesis.

We hope our adaptation of Twain’s revealing illustrated literature suits modern critics. Some may still blush or bluster at revealing illustrated literature that takes liberties with the story of creation. Not as likely, to be sure, but still possible, even in our modern age! Our web-site features a contact page if they would like to make a negative comment. We also welcome positive comments.

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