Although the original appearance of this material didn't attract much positive attention, this edition is proof that another look is more than warranted. For many readers familiar only with Twain's tales about mischievous boys or cranky vernacular characters, this work--one of the great love stories of all time--will come as a real surprise. Whether you're interested in Twain or not, if your heart hasn't atrophied, you will love The Diaries of Adam and Eve. . . . In this affecting book, Twain manages to indulge sentiment--personal and cultural--without succumbing to what Huck calls "soulbutter and hogwash." Twain has given the book to us. Give it to someone you love -- Larry Howe, Mark Twain Forum, April 15, 1998
Though many speculate that Eve's voice was Twain's eulogy to his beloved wife, Livy, the Diaries nevertheless contribute something universal to readers. . . . a truly noble treatment of gender and consequence -- Inside Pages, Spring 1998
From the Publisher
The Diaries--written near the end of Mark Twain's life and career--are perhaps his wisest, most personal works. The wry humor we expect is matched by a heartbreaking tenderness found nowhere else in his writings. And it was only in Eve that Twain ever wrote from a woman's viewpoint. An afterword details Twain's fascination with Adam and the parallels between his own marriage and Adam and Eve as depicted in the Diaries.