Friday, April 22, 2011

Write It Yourself - Part I

"To be able to enjoy one's past life is to live twice"
-- Marcus Aurelius
Why keep a journal or diary?  Writing to an audience of one.  I was given a blank journal for high school graduation and have written in it since. 

1.  The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarist, Edited by Irene and Alan Taylor (2000).   Organized for every day of the year from a rich set of sources--Pepys to Andy Warhol.   Bought new.


2.  A Book of One's Own: People and Their Diaries, Thomas Mallon (1984).   Chroniclers, travelers, confessors, and prisoners have all kept journals and for different reasons. This anthology samples some of each.  Bought used, can't remember where.

A Book of One's Own: People and Their Diaries

3.  Diary of Samuel Pepys (Modern Library).  The first great diarist.  Lord of the English Admiralty.  Lived thorough the Great Fire of London.   Hardback from the Modern Library series.  Bought used, can't remember where. 

Diary of Samuel Pepys

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