Synopses & Reviews
This remarkable anthology includes entries from more than 170 diarists and is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive ever compiled. Ten years in the making, The Assassin's Cloak pays tribute to a fascinating genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms.
The scope of The Assassin's Cloak is peerless and international, and appropriately it begins with Samuel Pepys, the Shakespeare of all diarists. It reaches across the centuries with several diary excerpts for every day of the year 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 humor and tragedy, history and the humdrum, often recorded on the same day or in the same entry.
The diarists are likewise diverse, including John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, Anne Frank, Joseph Goebbels, Che Guevara, Dawn Powell, and Queen Victoria. Imprinted on the minds of the editors were the words of Chips Channon, one of the twentieth century's greatest diarists. What is more dull than a discreet diary? he asked, before supplying his own answer: One might as well have a discreet soul.
"Readers shouldn't miss Irene and Alan Taylor's doorstop-sized, decade-in-the-making assemblage of notable diary excerpts . . . Spanning four centuries and addressing countless topics (from thoughtful reflections on diary-keeping to gossip, politics, and mundane musings) this book is for the expert and the dilettante, for the coffee table and the reference shelf." Publishers Weekly
"A sumptuous feast. This inspired anthology of diverse diary entries, selected chiefly for their honesty, is relentlessly thought-provoking." Independent
"Such is the care lavished on the material that what emerges is not simply a single, chronological progress but a series of interior narratives capable of throwing unexpected detours and surprises along the way . . . The Taylors specialize in the canny juxtaposition . . . they seemed to have packed in practically everyone one had ever heard of, as well as a number of promising names." Times Literary Supplement
A competitively priced, new edition of this anthology of the world's greatest diarists. This remarkably wide-ranging anthology - which includes 170 contributors - is laid out day by day, like a diary, and has been universally praised.
Subtitled, "An Anthology Of The World's Greatest Diarists", this is a substantial and wide-ranging collection of works from, amongst others, Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh and Adrian Mole. This is the second reissue of the impressive compilation. 'A labour of love which will sit as happily in the bathroom as on the reference shelf: a fine and delightful book.' "The Observer"