More on the history of journaling…Waterlily Koi Covers:...

More on the history of journaling…

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Historically, one of best known diarists was a man named Samuel Pepys (1633- 1703 ). An English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, he kept a diary that is now considered to be the primary source for the English Restoration Period, recording firsthand, eyewitness accounts of the Great Fire and the Great Plague of London and the Second Dutch War. He was a prodigious writer, recording in detail, what he ate, court gossip, the weather, coded navel maneuverings, the coronation of Kind Charles II, problems with his wife, her menstrual cycles (he hoped for a child) and his extra-marital affairs, his health, his favorite actresses, wines, food stuffs and inner most thoughts and fantasizes. In other words, his journal, published in 1825, is a deeply personal accounting and rare, historical time capsule of the life of an educated, 17th century Englishman, son of a tailor and a daughter of a Whitechapel butcher.

Other notable diaries of the late 18th and early 19th century are those of William Wordsworth’s sister, Dorothy Wordsworth. Inseparable in their poverty stricken youth, and continuing to live their entire lives together, Wordsworth, the accomplished poet, borrowed freely, with her consent, from his sister’s writing and poetic references to nature in her, Grasmere Journal, which describes her day to day life in the Lake District of England. The novelist, diarist and playwright Fanny Burney, precursor and inspiration of Jane Austen, recorded her daily life, extensive reading lists and social life. Her journal keeping commitment lasted 72 years.  Tomorrow….First-hand accounts and War diaries

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