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What an interesting quest this has been for you and for me to read about. I'm so interested Mary Chestnut's diary. I think Louisa May Alcott may also have some published diaries of the Civil War when she was a nurse. You really do bring these reading alive, Danielle.


Penny--I've gone a little crazy with my diary reading, but it just fits my mood at the moment. I do need to look for LMA's diaries now that you mention it. I've never really been very interested in the Civil War, but those two authors/diarists really piqued my curiosity!


I've got Virginia Woolf, Sei Shonagon and Dorothy Wordsworth, actually almost started a project, I have already a post set up for one of these days. The diary is lovely.
After having wathced The Last Station I would like to read Sophie Tolstoy's as well... But - I also have so many others and someone inspired me to buy The Assassin's Cloak - a compilation of diary bits like the one you have.


There is a biography of Frances Partridge by Anne Chisholm, which has been on my TBR list for ages. Also I found this
which is Frances Partridge on Desert Island Discs. I hope you can listen to it outside of the UK.


Ok already, I've put a hold request on the book at the library. Someone has it checked out so I will have to wait. Assassin's Cloak is a great big wonderful book. I'm sure you will enjoy it and end up with an even longer list of diaries you'd like to read :)


Oops - I totally missed the fact that you mention the Assassins Cloak ( I didn't remember the name of the editor and just saw that). I agree with Stefanie, a dangerous book!

Liz Paulk

I am really enjoying your journey through the various diaries, and can highly recommend The Assassin's Diary ed by Irene Taylor and Alan Taylor (I think). I did set up a reading plan matching the day in the anthology to the day in real life on the calendar, but I ended up reading it in big gulps as it's tough to put down... "Just one more..."


Liz F

I h ave a copy of The Assassin's Cloak that I found in a charity shop but typically I haven't even really looked at it yet although with my current shortage of reading time its short sections might make more realistic reading matter than something with a plot which has to be followed!
Just read a seriously creepy ghost story The HUnting Ground by Cliff McNish - meant for young adults but I found it the scariest book I have read in a while (probably since I read Susan Hill's The Woman in Black back in the early 90's!)
Cornflower said that it should only be read in daylight with people about and she was right!


It has happened to me too, reading a diary and then wanting to collect and read the writer's oeuvre:). Last time not so long ago. Finished Carl H. Klaus Weathering Winter last week and now his sequal My Vegetable Love is on its way to me, as is a diary about this preparation to retirement.In an essay about his daybooks he describes the style as essayistic journal. If you would like to try out an example, there are some exerpts on his website.He is an emeritus professor of writing at Iowa University by the way.
I like what you have undertaken by reading Frances Partridge.


Caroline--I'm really enjoying reading diaries and almost started the Diary of Sei Shonagon instead of Frances Partridge, but in the end decided a war diary was what I was in the mood for. Maybe Sei will be next. I'm planning on buying The Assassin's Cloak and trying to read each daily entry and working on it over the course of the year. I can only imagine how many more diaries I'll add to my wishlist!

Joanne--I'd like to learn more about her as well. Since she just dives into her diary there is not much information about her life otherwise. I'm sure I'll learn as I go. Thanks for the link--I'll see if I can download it--I think I can do so for radio shows but can't stream anything else from the BBC except radio.

Stefanie--I have gone on and on about it. I think you'd like it--and you can always just dip into the diaries that sound appealing if you don't want to read them all. I plan on buying The Assassin's Cloak so we're even! :) I don't think my pile of diaries is big enough so I need more ideas...

Liz Paulk--I'm enjoying this project as well and am looking forward to getting the Assassin's Cloak--I'm glad to hear it is such an engaging book--I can't wait to get it now. The books you don't want to set aside are always the best ones! ;)

Liz--We won't even talk about all the books I buy and get so excited about owning and then look at as they sit unopened on my reading piles. All the best intentions and all that... Have just ordered The Hunting Ground (sigh.... ;) ). It sounds too good to pass up since I loved The Woman in Black. Thanks...I think...I've been so disgustingly bad with my credit card of late, I have to stop myself. This is the Last one for a while. Really.

Catharina--Thanks for the heads up on Carl Klaus--I'm going to check his work out. I wonder if my library will have his books? I like the idea of an essayistic diary--many of the excerpts I read in Revelations had that feel to them--very polished really. It was a great read--I'm only sorry I had to give the book back!


I'm really enjoying your diary project, Danielle! I've read only a few diaries through the years, but always have really enjoyed them. I am thoroughly enjoying Alexandra Johnson's The Hidden Writer (she is a beautiful writer herself, I think) and will definitely go on to read more published diaries. I'm especially looking forward to the new volume of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diary that is coming out next month. Thanks for sharing your discoveries and reminding me of this fascinating genre.


Kathy--I'm looking forward to reading Alexandra Johnson's book--I'm glad I bought it. I'd not read many diaries previously, but I do hope to get through a few this year. They are so interesting and varied. I've got a nice selection to choose from. And am always happy to share my reading.


How about that -I often wondered how come diaries were so polished, and of course their authors might well go back and tidy them up a bit before publication. I just hadn't put two and two together! This sounds like a wonderful and intriguing project, Danielle, and a great way to get to know about lots of excellent writers.


Litlove--This is a case of one book leading to another it seems. I had no idea that there was so much polishing going on in diary keeping either. Most of the excerpts I read in Revelations were quite literary actually.

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