An Interview with Don Roberts

Editor and Publisher of The Diaries of Adam and Eve (Translated by Mark Twain)

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Want to read my review of the book before you take on the interview? Here ya go: The Diaries of Adam and Eve.

Olivia Langdon Clemens, 1895 in Melbourne, Austria. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, CT.
“Susy was the apple of Twain’s eye…”
Mark Twain home around 1880, Hartford, Connecticut. Image courtesy of the New York Public Library.
Langdon Clemens, who died of diphtheria at the age of 19 months.
Mark Twain with family, circa 1865. (Credit: Fotosearch/Getty Images)

“It was just like Mr. Langdon (Livy’s father) in his most facetious mood, to say he would kill me if I wasn’t good to you — and it was just like you, dear true girl, to say you’d never tell — for I believe you would go bravely on, suffering in secret from ill-treatment, till your great heart broke. But we shall circumvent Mr. Langdon, utterly — he will never have the satisfaction of killing me — because you and I will live together always in closest love and harmony, and I shall be always good to you Livy dear — always.”

Japanese translation of The Diary of Adam and Eve.
Frontispiece illustration, by Michael Mojher
Betty Buckley in December 2009. Image: Wikipedia
Walter Cronkite in 1985. Image: Wikipedia.

Twain wrote some incredibly long sentences for Eve, and it’s interesting to hear Betty’s struggle with some of them. At one point, she groans magnificently and says, “This is hard,” but she always managed to find the rhythm in Twain’s word play. She has incredible vocal control.

Mandy Patinkin in 2008
Samuel and Olivia Clemens

Once again, here’s my review of The Diaries of Adam and Eve.



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Wren Wright

Writing mostly to heal myself from life; sharing in hopes you’ll find some of it helpful. Also books, personal development, and anything else I’m drawn to.