Diaries for Dana

mauSince reading the blog comments of Dana, I’ve been mentally picking books to recommend – the ones that came first to mind were two already discussed here, including the one book I simply cannot say enough GOOD THINGS about: The Diary of Sarah Hurst.

diaries_sarah_hurstDana was hoping for diaries – by women! – where the writer shared thoughts and feelings.

There are many I could recommend, but fewer that are what Dana requires: “more detailed”.

So tonight, a few that have come to mind. Hopefully, people’s comments will elicit a bit more commentary about the books – for, it’s getting late and has been a long day. But if there’s ONE THING I LOVE TO TALK ABOUT, it’s BOOKS!

Every time I go upstairs, I see the cover of one of the most delightful books – not only do you get a GREAT sense of the writer, she was an artist too! It’s an old book, published back in the 1980s. maudIt had its US and UK versions (I do presume the interior of the book remained unchanged), and therefore had also two dust covers. Spend the extra and find a copy with its jacket — you will be glad to have the “whole” package.

maud-2Maud’s late-Victorian thoughts and hijinks are just a delight – and, as you can see by the cover art, she was a wonderful artist! How I wish author Flora Fraser had published more along this line. And more about Maud Berkeley!

I was going to keep on going, but maybe I’ll save my next for another blog post. Maud certainly deserves to be at the head of a list, not one among many. A very special book – and diary.



5 comments on “Diaries for Dana

  1. Lilyy4 says:

    you said you know many diaries if it is not hard for you to put the names of some diaries women wrote about the court of queen Victoria or other queens.
    in the Regency? (you know every girl likes the period of jane austen)

    thank you

    • Hi, Lily — as far as Victoria goes, there are of course her own journals. If you like in the UK, the online journals may be accessed.

      For the rest of us, we have to make do with the published accounts, the most readily found being her Highland Journals.

      As to the Regency, although slightly post-dating Austen, the one which pops most readily to mind are the Journals of Mrs Arbuthnot. She is highly political, and a good grounding in the personages of the time is really essential.

      Although not a woman, the Creevey diaries do cover the life-span of Austen – and the commentary fills in some of the background information, and connects diary and letter entries. There are several publications (and reprints); check out this one online, for instance: The Creevey Papers.

      Although more of an autobiography, covering the Regency and beyond is The Memoirs of a Highland Lady, which I’ve talked about several times on this or the Two Teens blog.

      I’ll have a look on the shelves and see what else comes to mind to recommend – but most are more likely to be biography, rather than traditional ‘diary’. The Betley Governess is one, but really for a study of girls’ education rather than what it was like to live in Regency England.


  2. Lilyy4 says:

    i thank for your help and if you have more ideas please write i see you have a great knowledge
    also i like very much about 18th century and 15th century or 1870-1850 ( diary or letters wrote by young lady i prefer a rich woman)
    I decided to find only about young women that died very young as project
    thank again

    • I am unfortunate to read only texts in English; there are some that have caught my eye in other languages. You may therefore have a wider range of choices!

      I find biographies helpful – for they not only cite their sources, which may be volumes of letters or diaries, but they fill in some of the historical context. Memoirs of Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, for instance, discusses the French court during the Revolution. There is a lot of material about the Austrian-French royal families (Maria Theresia had a lot of children…); some interesting letters from the French court of the 17th century – which hooks up with England’s House of Hanover. Never discount the States, either. Do have a look at some of those I’ve written about on this blog. Specifically, Hurst (18th century England) and Dupont (early 19th century America).

      One excellent source, if you really are interested in women who did not live long lives – and it’s mid-19th century England, is Emily Shore. Timm Gate’s book is a reprint of the original, which is found online. Libraries might have copies of either the old or the new. The old has more illustrations.


  3. Lilyy4 says:

    they say about Emily Shore that her sisters change all the diary only a few original remains
    maybe in the future i will find a long diary of lady 🙂 thank you Janeite Kelly

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