by Paul K Lyons
The Diary Review - articles about diaries/diarists in the news  
NEW - And so made significant . . . an online anthology of diary extracts

Objectives ____ How to use The Diary Junction ____ Acknowledgements ____ Diarists on this site

The aim of this website is to provide an internet resource for those interested in historical and literary diaries and diarists. I've kept it simple, partly because I personally appreciate uncluttered, useful sites, and partly because this is not a commercial project. Over time, I hope to continue adding data on more diarists, and, to this end, I would encourage contributions. Comments about the site, as well as suggestions, additions and corrections are always welcome.

If you like this site, or it has helped in any way, and you wish to acknowledge this, please email diaryjunction at p i k l e dot c o dot u k, or alternatively consider visiting other areas of Pikle

(If, by any chance, you are a publisher or literary agent please do have a look at 'Not a Brave New World' or 'London Cross', both of which are crying out for a mainstream publisher, or my other projects.)

There are information pages for over 500 diarists.
Each diarist's data web page includes:
- biographical details, a biographical summary, and diary dates and descriptors,
- up to six internet links to a) a more detailed biography, b) texts of, or about, the diaries, c) institutions holding the original manuscripts,
- up to three diary titles.
The 500 data pages can be accessed in three ways:
1) through carefully-compiled LISTS organised

(list) ____ BY DESCRIPTOR (list)

2) by combining the word pikle with a diarist's name in an internet search engine,
3) from the basic (and very long) full list of diarists, in alphabetical order, at the bottom of this page.
The Diary Junction home page can be accessed directly from everywhere on this site, either by clicking on The Diary Junction logo, or using the links along the top of each page. Important notes and cautions about The Diary Junction information are repeated on every data page; and there is an extra cautionary note about the descriptors on the descriptor list pages.

Two websites proved particularly useful in compiling this one.
The Diary Research website provides a searchable version of the (very comprehensive) 'Annotated Bibliography of Diaries Printed in English' compiled by C S Handley and published on CDROM by Hanover Press in 1999.
The National Archives website provides substantial information on original manuscripts.
I am also grateful to Kathryn Carter for her website 'Women's diaries written in Canada'
I visited Amazon and Abebooks a lot to check published titles, and in some cases for information on diary content.
In terms of published books, I used one bibliography and several anthologies, and I've occasionally referred to an editor's view in my biographical summaries:
Havlice, Patricia Pate (1987) And So to Bed - A Bibliography of Diaries Published in English, The Scarecrow Press
Brett, Simon (1987) The Faber Book of Diaries, Faber
Aitken, James (1941) English Diaries of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries, Pelican
Taylor, Irene and Alan (2000) The Assassin's Cloak, Canongate Books
Ponsonby, Arthur (1923) English Diaries, Methuen
Ponsonby, Arthur (1927) More English Diaries, Methuen
Melosina Lenox-Conyngham (1998) Diaries of Ireland - An Anthology 1590-1987, The Lilliput Press

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