Friday, September 23, 2011


The NY Times had an article in last night's paper, written by Abby Goodnough, that told of our beloved Mark Twain having had a book banned in Charlton, MA 105-years ago. Hard to believe that anyone would ban a book by the author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn but in 1906, his book--titled "Eve's Diary"--was.

The ban was voted because of illustrations by Lester Ralph that showed a lovely and naked Eve wandering through Eden. The ban was lifted yesterday and two copies may now be borrowed from the library. There is also a modern day touch--an audio version has been produced for those still too shy to look at the illustrations.

The library will display an old edition of the book in a glass case, the centerpiece of an exhibit for National Banned Book Week.

According to Miss Goodnough's article, Twain called the trustees that banned his book, "the freaks of the Charlton Library." Today's library hopes to make up for the book's forced departure.



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