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Wednesday, December 24, As one looks back on the year's accumulated joys and regrets, consider diaries as natural literary accompaniments to the festive season's sub-themes of summing-up and self-assessment. Diaries that begin in youth and accompany a writer through life begin with reportage of events, but invariably segue into reflection, comparison of the older with the younger self and self-judgment as the subject ages.
They can be an excellent source of wisdom, but the best are never didactic; the wisdom arises organically from the life lived. For widespread appeal they must also contain entertaining social history. Which is why, although the diary would seem to be the easiest and most natural form of writing -- indeed, most creative writing courses assign "journaling" to students as a means of opening the creative sluices --any diary worth reading by the general public is always the work of a professional and a professional writer is certainly what adolescent diarist Anne Frank would have become.
Unless writing about specific, horrible events --like Anne Frank or Victor Klemperer archiving their experiences in the Holocaust -- diarists leading lives in normal times should eschew broody solipsism. Once a diarist goes all inward and analytical, he can too easily dissolve into grievance-mongering, self-justification and enemy-bashing.
Or a moroseness the reader has no wish to share -- the problem with Kafka's diary. Outward clubbability but inward loneliness is a great asset to a diarist.
Over the past few years I've been enjoying just such a mix in the diaries of James Lees-Milne, a bisexual Englishman who worked for The National Trust.
Lees-Milne's diaries combine three sine qua nons of the great diarist: A New Yorker cartoon has one woman saying to another, "Are all Brits bisexual, or just the ones who publish their diaries? The Corinthian pilasters are too small for the heavy entablature; the columns in the centre-piece ought to be disengaged.
As for the circular basin of the Victoria Memorial, it is not too bad Lees-Milne's social calendar also included tete-atetes with Lady Emerald Cunard and Prince Charles whom he pitied for his insecurity.
There being no specific diary template, diarists are at complete stylistic liberty to embellish or restrain themselves as the impulse takes them. In matters of the heart, Lees-Milne often adopts a style of startling, almost Hemingwayesque minimalism that conveys unexpected depths of feeling underneath its surface asperity.
He prefers to kill Japanese, whom he does not like. Tom makes me sad because he looks so sad, and because I am so deeply devoted to him. An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists.
Entries are set out by calendar days, with a hugely diverse number of contributors spanning the last four centuries -- from Samuel Pepys to Canada's own Second World War diplomat Charles Ritchie to 20th-century novelist Barbara Pym.
I loved Pym's entry on my birthday, Nov. Oh, the horror -- the cold stuffiness, claustrophobic place of tables, garish lights and mass produced food But perhaps one could get something out of it for a novel.
The setting for a breaking-off, or some terrible news or an unwanted declaration of love. I am very lucky to be here in the warmth and so I will crush down the embittered nausea which the festive season arouses in me and plunge into gaiety with an adolescent whoop.
Will we one day see a print anthology of "The World's Greatest Bloggists"? Something else to consider over the roasting chestnuts and the open fire while Jack Frost nips at your nose. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good The diarist Victor Klemperer, for example, elected to stay in the GDR because he felt its values were more in line with what he valued as a German than the materialistic and very piously Christian FRG.
Victor Klemperer (9 October – 11 February ) was a Romance languages scholar who also became known as a diarist. His journals, published in Germany in , detailed his life under the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, and the German Democratic caninariojana.com covering the period of the Third Reich have since Died: 11 February (aged 78), Dresden, East Germany.
The German works of a biography and life work of victor klemperer a german diarist Kurt Weill were amongst Klemperer's favorites and he Biography Early life Otto Klemperer was born in A literary analysis of purity in the literature by michel de montaigne The diarist Victor Klemperer.
struggling to complete the reason for the creation of the. Georg tries to convince Klemperer to leave Germany and start a new life where it is safe, but Klemperer dismisses his brother's advice because he feels misunderstood.
Victor Klemperer Klemperer is the diarist whose writings make up the entire text. The publication of Victor Klemperer's secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period. I Will Bear Witness is a work of literature as well as a revelation of the day-by-day horror of the Nazi years.
Apr 20, · At one point during the last decade, le Carré compared himself with the German-Jewish diarist Victor Klemperer, who miraculously survived life under the Nazis.