diaries

Mar. 19th, 2014 11:41 pm
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I'm interested in historical diaries (and also letter collections--anything that's a first-person account that isn't retrospective), especially those of American children/teens.

What I'm most interested in are books comparable to Through No Fault of My Own. It's full of little stories of daily life in the 1920s as seen by a teenage girl living on one of the richest streets in her city. It's also extremely regional in its popularity--if I didn't live in Minnesota, I don't think I'd know it existed at all. I'm hoping people from other parts of the country might know of similarly obscure little books.

That said, I'll gladly take anything you might have to suggest.

I've read:

Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-15 - Anonymous
Zlata's Diary - Zlata Filipović
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Through No Fault of My Own - Coco Irvine
I Await the Devil's Coming - Mary MacLane
Letters of a Woman Homesteader - Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Quite a few more, no doubt, but those are the ones I can recall off the top of my head. I have a long to-read list, but the two that I'm planning on doing in the near future are The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Homefront Girl.

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