More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

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Over three years have elapsed since the appearance of English Diaries. The reception given to the book encouraged me to pursue the study and a further instalment is presented in this volume.

I have adopted the same method as in the previous volume in dealing with the diaries separately and chronologically. But this time I have commented on the smaller diaries in the introduction instead of detaching each for a short notice. I have limited my exploration to diaries published up to 1925, but I am fully aware that the whole ground is not yet covered. I am doubtful, moreover, if it ever can be. Even since 1925 a number of noteworthy diaries have been published and an increasing interest is being taken in this form of literature.

My thanks are very specially due to those who have been kind enough to lend me unpublished manuscript diaries. An acknowledgment to the possessor of the manuscript is made in each case. Some forty manuscript diaries have been examined. My chief difficulty has again been to find the diaries, and I am grateful to many friends who have given me hints and suggestions in my quest, and also to Miss C. Bower Alcock for her assistance in research work. In a few cases in which I have quoted from recently published books I have obtained the consent of the publishers for using the extracts in this volume. I have again to thank Sir Charles Strachey for his careful and helpful revision of the proofs.

A.P.

SHULBREDE PRIORY SUSSEX 1927 . . .

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