Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings
In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History—reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny.
Foreword, written by Henry Nash Smith, is dated March 1962.
from the foreword, p. viii: "The book is now presented as DeVoto edited it in 1939, with only one or two minor changes in his editorial comments to take account of subsequent events."
from the foreword, p. ix: "Mrs. Bernard DeVoto has kindly given her consent to the publication fo what is in a double sense a posthumous work."