Write it Yourself - Part IIOne of my first lists were books about diaries and journals including one of the most famous diarist - Samuel Pepys. Write It Yourself - Part I
Diaries, journals, logs, notebooks -- may be for an audience of one to recording daily life or possibly as a record moments in history. Diaries cover the widest spectrum of human experience -- the drama of war (Guadalcanal Diary or the introspective thoughts of a romantic like the seven volume Diary of Anais Nin). Journeys are a large sub-genre of journals and within that there is the sub-sub genre of ship's logs.
I have a soft spot for diaries. I've kept a journal since I was 18 thanks to a high school graduation gift. I also inherited a diary from my paternal grandfather during his time as a second lieutenant in the US Army in WWI and a log book from my material grandfather recording his 1919 cross country drive across the country.
Here's a few of those on my shelves:
Notebooks 1942-1951, Albert Camus. Nobel laureate Camus kept journals of his ideas and outlines of his future books. Covers the period of German occupation of Paris during which Camus was part of the underground resistance. Bought used at the State Department book store.
The Reagan Diaries, Ronald Reagan (2007). Edited by Douglas Brinkley, the diary covers the date of the Reagan's first day in office January 20, 1981 until his last, January 20, 1989. Reveals his personal reactions to Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher. Christmas gift.
The Journals Of Francis Parkman (Vols. I and II)(1947). Parkman was a historian and adventurer who traveled the back country of New England, Canada, the Great Lakes, Europe and the American west. His journals served as the basis for The Oregon Trail. Can't recall where I bought them-- a used book store, possibly one in Amherst, MA.