THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO MARK TWAIN by Mark Twain

THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO MARK TWAIN

Writings on Heaven, Eden, and the Flood
Age Range: 1871 - 1910

KIRKUS REVIEW

 From Twain scholars Baetzhold (Butler Univ.) and McCullough (Elmira College Center): an omnibus of Twain's skeptical writings, mostly fiction, about the Bible, Darwin, and evolution, along with similar 19th-century nailbiters questioning American Christianity. While many pieces here are new to print, others been seen before but scattered about. The present collection--spanning four decades (1871-1910)--is both a genuine service to Twain lovers and one showing Twain at his most charming and witty. Refreshened here is the first version of ``Adam's Diary,'' which now has a unity that much outshines the more commonly reprinted version set at Niagara Falls (cuts from that one are stored in the appendix). While the companion pieces ``Eve's Diary'' and ``Eve's Autobiography'' show Twain at his tenderest, many entries spring from tragedies in his own life. One must remember when reading Twain's mischief just how fresh and ``unprintable'' this material once was, something like The Satanic Verses of its day.

Pub Date: June 20th, 1995
ISBN: 0-8203-1650-4
Page count: 408pp
Publisher: Univ. of Georgia
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1995




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