September 22 is Dear Diary Day
To celebrate, read a historical diary! These marvelous diaries of real people in the 19th-century are a gold-mine of information about Victorian life. I frequently crib lines from them when writing my novels.
Maud loved to draw and paint, so her diary is filled with her own portraits of her daily routines and adventures with her friends: everything from housecleaning, to playing the guitar for her cat (who didn't appreciate it), to working in an apothecary shop, to dropping a doormat on someone's head at a party, to getting scared by a moth late at night and chasing it out of her room with an umbrella. Maud's diary is a wonderfully sweet window into the time, and is one of our favorite books. It's a must-read for anyone who loves the late Victorian era, and really should be required reading for any author who wants to write about the time! —S.C.
If Ever Two Were One: A Private Diary of a Love Eternal
A Boy at Fort Mackinac: The Diary of Harold Dunbar Corbusier, 1883-4, 1892.