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Dear Diary
July 26, 2012

In this issue of the Book Lovers Club News, I shall share with you some interesting facets of the literary genre of diary writing. A diary can be described as a first-hand (mostly) handwritten record of a person’s experiences and thoughts.

The traditional concept of diary writing has expanded in our times to include voice tapes and even blogs. The contents of a ‘diary’ have also mutated from being just a personal account of events and emotions. They may now include travel catalogues, diet charts, sleep patterns and war accounts. Such diaries are called Travel journals, Diet Diaries, Sleep Diaries and War Journals. These diaries however are likely to have little literary significance.

The Diary

The Diary Of A Young Girl-Anne Frank The diary is a journalistic entry of one’s private life and is not meant to be published or printed. Yet many diaries have been printed posthumously since they have been found to contain important and authentic accounts of prominent historical events or eras.

Perhaps, the most famous literary diary to date is that of Anne Frank. This heart rendering journal of a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust has been translated into many languages and is a best seller even today. You can read a review of the diary by clicking here.

Samuel Pepys’ diary also needs mention here as one of the earliest records of a private journal that has historical significance. Pepys was an English naval administrator and a Member of Parliament. He wrote his diary from 1660 to 1669; it was published in the 19th century. His diary bore important first hand personal accounts of events like the Great Plague of London, the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.

Some important literary figures whose diaries have been published include Franz Kafka, Iris Murdoch, Arnold Bennett, Lewis Carroll, Andre Gide, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.

Book Review Circle gossip

Some fictional literature has been also produced around this art form. Popular fictional diaries include ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’, ‘The Colour Purple’ and ‘Daddy Long Legs’.

Book Review Circle suggested read:

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Test your Literary Quotient

See if you know answers to the following
  1. Name the word coined to represent ‘a category of literary forgery in which a wholly or partially fabricated autobiography, memoir or journal of an individual is presented as fact’.
  2. In which language was ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank, originally written?
  3. ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ by Helen Fielding was published in 1996 and adapted into a film in 2001. Who enacted the eponymous protagonist of the novel in the film?


  1. Fake memoir
  2. Dutch
  3. Renée Zellweger
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Happy reading till we meet again.


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