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A Brief History of Diaries: From Pepys to Blogs

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At a time when journals are staking their territory on the blogosphere, this is a timely consideration of the diary's origins and its long history in literary, political, and scientific realms alike

Be they fearless, candid, naïve, or exhibitionistic, personal bloggers now occupy an extraordinary position—projecting their inner most lives to all those with an internet conne
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Hesperus Press (first published December 1st 2010)
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Justin Evans
As the title suggests, this is in fact a brief history of diaries; a very easy read if you have a couple of hours to kill, and would like to learn more about, well, diarists. There's not much more to say: Johnson gives us a couple of pages on the obvious (Pepys, Boswell), the well known (Darwin, Lewis & Clark, Thoreau), and selected authors (Burney, Mansfield, Woolf, Tolstoys). There were two surprises: first, the 'war diaries' section was given over primarily to women (Frank, Chestnut, Hill ...more
The best thing about this book was learning about diarists that I hadn't heard of before, and it had some excellent quotes about diary keeping, which I enjoyed. The first chapter was my favorite, but as I read on, I grew more dissatisfied. It IS very short, and I was hoping for more women and other cultures. There's a nod to pillow books in the first chapter, but they are never mentioned again. I feel sure that there are more journals in other countries not represented: India? Brazil? South Afri ...more
Peter O'Brien
A very brief introduction and history of the practice of diary keeping and that is precisely the point: keep it brief, consistent and get started as soon as you finish this book.
This was a really interesting read- it wasn't mindblowing in terms of other books I've read so that's why I've had to give it a 3/5 but it was a very good book on the subject of diaries and jornals throughout history- a must read for avid diary writers or literature fans who love reading about the history of writing.
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