Eve's Diary, embargoed in 1906 over its illustrations, formally restored to library to launch Banned Books Week.


This article titled “Mark Twain story formally ‘unbanned' in US” was written by Alison Flood, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 23rd September 2011 10.40 UTC

The return to library shelves of two controversially banned novels – Mark Twain's Eve's Diary and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five – marks the start of America's annual celebration of prohibited literature, Banned Books Week, on Saturday.

Twain's comic short story told from the perspective of Eve was banned from Charlton Library in Massachusetts in 1906 after its trustees objected to illustrations of a naked Eve – or as the New York Times put it at the time, “her dresses are all cut Garden of Eden style”. When Richard Whitehead became a trustee of the library in 2008, he stumbled across the century-old controversy and decided to track down a copy of the banned book, complete with illustrations.

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