The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists

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Irene Taylor, Alan Taylor
Canongate, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 686 pages
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With 170 contributors, a scope that is peerless, international and crosses centuries The Assassin's Cloak pays tribute to a fascinating genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms. There are several diary excerpts for every day of the year beginning with Samuel Pepys and along the way we meet cads and charmers, sailors and psychopaths, rock stars and prima ballerinas, gossips, drunks, snobs, lechers and lovers. There is humour and tragedy, history and the humdrum, often recoded on the same day or in the same entry.

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User Review  - MarionII - LibraryThing

Good book for the bedside table to dip into when you've got a minute. Some of the diarists are (admittedly) unknown to me but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment, after all - who could resist reading someone else's diary? Read full review

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Probably the best anthology of diary extracts I have ever read. When I bought it I had expected it to be one of those books I would keep by the bed and dip in and out of from time to time. Instead, I ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Irene Taylor was born and brought up in Edinburgh. For many years she worked in public libraries. She has a degree in history from Edinburgh University and she now works for the National Trust for Scotland. Alan Taylor is a journalist and Literary Editor for the Sunday Herald. he is a regular contributor to a variety of publications and in an earlier incarnation was a reference librarian

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