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Extracts from Adam's Diary

Extracts from Adam's Diary


Harper & Brothers, 1904. Hardcover. Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Previous owner's inscription on the front free end paper, bound in pictorial red cloth with cave man scratching on a rock, with 2 monkeys watching. First edition, apparent later printing without MCMIV date at foot of title page (though it says "Published April, 1904" on verso, with no later printings indicated); frontispiece of similar image as cover, in black on white; condition Very Good, very mild fading to the spine almost not noticeable, some loss of lettering on the spine as per normal were the ivory color lettering falls out internally clean tight a sharp clean bright copy.

"Extracts from Adam's Diary" is a 1904 comic short story by American humorist and writer Mark Twain.

Adam (based on Twain himself) describes how Eve (modeled after his wife Livy) gets introduced into the Garden of Eden, and how he has to deal with "this new creature with the long hair"[1] The piece gives a humorous account of Genesis. It begins with the introduction of Eve, described as an annoying creature with a penchant for naming things, which Adam could do without. It moves on to detail Eve eating the apple and finding Cain, a perplexing creature which Adam can not figure out. He devotes his ironically scientific mind to demystifying Cain's species, thinking it a fish, then a kangaroo, then a bear. Eventually he figures out it is a human, like himself.

The work is humorous and ironic, and gives a new spin on Genesis: few people have considered what life must have been like for Adam, who is discovering everything anew; the work does not consider God's role at all; and eventually, despite his initial deep annoyance with Eve, Adam finds himself in love with her

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