Excerpts From Adam's Diary
Excerpts from Adam's Diary

Originally published in 1893 in the Niagara Book, a souvenir edition accompanying the 1893 Buffalo Pan-American Exhibition. Revised throughout the following decade, and presented during Mark Twain's world lecture tour in 1895/96.
Harper's Magazine published an 89-page, illustrated version in 1904, using the Niagara Book version of the story.
Later appeared in the Twain's story collection The $30,000 Bequest, and reprinted by Harper's in 1931's The Private Lives Of Adam And Eve.
Reviews of the work weren't encouraging: One contemporary wrote, "Mark Twain is at his feeblest and vulgarest"; another said, "It shows just how far a man who once was a great humorist can fall." A companion piece to Eve's Diary, released in 1906.

Excerpt
We have named it Cain. She caught it while I was up country trapping on the North Shore of the Erie; caught it in the timber a couple of miles from our dug-out - or it might have been four, she isn't certain which. It resembles us in some way, and may be a relation. That is what she thinks, but this is an error, in my judgement. The difference in size warrents the conclusion that is a different and new kind of animal-a fish,perhaps, though when I put it in the water to see, it sank, and she plunged in and snatched it out before there was opportunity for the experiment to determine the matter. I still think it is a fish, but she is indifferent about what it is, and will not let me have it to try. I do not understand this. The coming of the creature seems to have changed her whole nature and made her unreasonable about experiments. She thiks more of it than she does of any of the other animals, but is not able to explain why. Her mind is disordered-everything shows it. Sometimes she carries the fish in her arms half the night when it complains and wants to get to the water. At such times the water comes out of the places in her face that she looks out of, and she pats the fish on the back and makes soft sounds with her mouth to sooth it, and betrays sorrow and solicitude in a hundred ways.


Summary
Extracts From Adam's Diary is a lighthearted look at the diary entries of Adam, the original man. The diary begins with the arrival of Eve into Eden, which surrounds Niagara Falls. She irritates Adam by giving names to everything in the Garden that she comes across, and he thinks she eats too much fruit.

Eve eats an apple from a forbidden tree, and death comes to the garden. Adam gets fed up with Eve, and moves to another nearby location. Eve follows Adam, and calls their new home Tonawanda.

A year later, Cain appears among them. Adam is confused by this new person, and Eve's devotion to him. Adam decides he must be a kangaroo. By the time Cain is two years old, however, Adam realizes that he isn't a kangaroo. Sometime later, a new baby, Abel, appears. The story then jumps 10 years in the future, and Adam is content with Eve, deciding that it's better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.



Please credit all information to: Michael Waisman, "About Mark Twain," http://www.oocities.com/swaisman, 1999.
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