Saturday, September 24, 2011
Massachusetts Library Rescinds 105-Year-Old Ban of "Eve's Diary"
Mass. library undoes century-old Twain book ban. (Worcester Telegram, 9/24/2011)
Excerpt: A Massachusetts library has put the Mark Twain work "Eve's Diary" back on the shelf more than a century after it was banned.
The Charlton Public Library's trustees this week unanimously voted to return the book to circulation, reversing the board's 1906 decision to ban the 1905 short story.
Trustee Richard Whitehead said the move was made to coincide with the American Library Association's Banned Books Week.
The book, written from the perspective of the biblical Eve, was banned because trustee Frank Wakefield objected to nude illustrations of Eve.