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ANONYMOUS

03

A Gunner Aboard the Yankee: From the Diary of Number Five of the After Port Gun  New York, 1898, is

“a blend of youth adventure fiction and a tale of genuine naval reserve maneuvers in the Spanish American War.”


ANONYMOUS

03

Two Hundred years Ago; Or, Life in New Sweden  by Emily Read, Philadelphia, American Sunday-School Union, 1876, “… purports to be the diary of a young Swedish girl who came over in the Swan in 1647.”


ANONYMOUS

03

The Whispering Gallery: Leaves from a Diplomat’s Diary  London, John Lane, 1926, is a fictional diary written by Hesketh Pearson and published a s a hoax.


ANONYMOUS

03

Rescuing the Czar: Two Authentic Diaries  by James Smythe, San Francisco, 1920, is fiction.


ANONYMOUS

03

The Washington Randolphs and Their Friends: Extracts from the Diary of a Lady of Old Virginia  Lynchburg, Virginia, J.P.Bell, 1915, is fiction by Anna Mary MacLeod (?).


ANONYMOUS

03

The Diary of a Lost One  New York, Hudson Press, 1908, is fiction by Margarete Bohme.


ANONYMOUS

03

The Diary of a Musician  New York, holt, 1904, is fiction by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon.


ANONYMOUS

03

War Nurse: The true story of a woman who lived, loved and suffered on the western Front  New York, Cosmopolitan, 1930, was advertised as being drawn from the heroine’s diaries but is a novel by Rebecca West, although disowned by her.


ALDISS, Brian

03

The Brightfount Diaries  London, Faber, 1950. Fiction.


ALLARD, Stephen

03

The Melancholy of Stephen Allard: A Private Diary  edited by Garnet Smith, New York, Macmillan, 1895, is a rambling interior monologue, undated and with little resemblance to a diary.


AMES, Azel

03

The Mayflower and Her Log July 15, 1620 – May 6, 1621  Houghton, 1901, contains the ‘putative log’ of the voyage by Captain Thomas Jones which seems to be an imaginative reconstruction by Azel Ames.


- AMICIS, Edmondo de (1846-1908) - E,F

03

Heart: A Schoolboy’s Journal  translated from the italian by Isabel F.Hapgood. New York, Crowell, 1922, is a children’s novel.


BARRY, James [Dr.]

The Journal of Dr. James Barry  London, John Lane, 1932, is “A fictional journal based on the life of Dr. Barry, born in 1795 and christened Mary Anne Bulkley, who posed as as man in order to study medicine, and became the first woman to graduate from a British medical school, after which she joined the British Army, serving in many overseas posts and living for about 12 years at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, still masquerading as a man. Her secret was not discovered until her death.”


BAXTER, John - E,F

03  

The Intimate Thoughts of John Baxter, Bookseller  by Augustus Muir, London, Methuen, 1942, is a novel in the form of a diary.


BEAUDELAIRE, Charles

Intimate Journals  translated by Christopher Isherwood with an introduction by T.S.Eliot. London, Black Spring Press, 1989. First published Blackamore Press, 1930. An undated collection of miscellaneous thoughts and musings, much concerned with sex, love and God.


BEAUMONT, Agnes

Narrative of the Persecution of Agnes Beaumont in 1674  edited by G.B.Harrison. London, Constable, no date (Constable Miscellany No. 31). The book is described as a diary but is in fact a narrative, albeit of great interest, particularly for the Bunyan connection.


BENSON, Arthur Christopher

03

The Gate of Death: A Diary  London, Smith Elder, 1906, which purports to be a reflective and thoughtful diary of convalescence after a near fatal fall from a ladder, followed by pneumonia and a heart attack, is fiction.


- BENSON, Arthur Christopher

03  

The Altar Fire  London, Smith Elder, 1907, fictional diary of depressive illness.  


BERNANOS, Georges

The Diary of a Country Priest  London, 1937, often reprinted. Classic French novel in the form of the journal of a parish priest.


BERNANOS, Georges

03

A Diary of My Times  London, 1938. Reflections etc. on the Spanish civil War, no recognisable diary material.


BRETON, André

03


Nadja  Grove Press, 1960, is a surrealist romantic novel “…an account of the author’s relationship with a girl in the city of Paris, the story of an obsessional presence haunting his life.”


BRINNIN, John Malcolm

01


Dylan Thomas in America; An Intimate Journal  Boston, Atlantic Monthly Press and Little Brown, paperback, 1955. A memoir of Dylan Thomas' last years.


CAMPAN. Madame

03

The Private Journal of Madame Campan, comprising original anecdotes of the French court, selections from her correspondence, thoughts on education, etc.  edited by M.Maigne, London, 1825, is a disordered compilation of notes of conversations with the editor and extracts from letters.


CALTHROP, Dion Clayton - E

03

A Diary of an Eighteenth Century Garden  London, Williams and Norgate, 1910, is an “Agreeable but fictional diary of an eighteenth century English garden owner, more notable today for its illustrations by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale.”


CÉLESTINE

03

The Diary of a Chambermaid  is a novel by Octave Mirabeau.


CHARDONNE, Jaques

03

Eva, or The Interrupted Diary  translated from the French, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1931, is a novel.


CHITTY, Susan

03

Diary of a Fashion Model  London, Methuen, 1958. A novel.


CLOPATRA

03

Clepatra's Private Diary   by Henry Thomas, Boston, 1927, is a supposedly amusing invention.


COLEMAN, Anne Raney

02

Victorian Lady on the Texas Frontier: The Journal of Anne Raney Coleman  edited by C.Richard King. London, W.Foulsham & Co. Ltd., no date, 1969? Reminiscences written long after the events described.


COLLINS, Tom (Joseph FURPHY (1843-1912)  Australian novelist - E

03

Such is Life: Being Certain extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins  1903, many later printings, is a novel.


COMMINGES, Comte de

03

Laura's Garden  translated by Bernard Miall. New York, Macmillan, 1932. Amusing novel in the form of the diary of a lady gardener.  


CORNEILLE, Maj. John

01

Journal of my Service in India  edited by Michael Edwardes. London, The Folio Society, 1966. An interesting account of India from 1754 to 1757, including the battle of Plassey, but composed on his return home in amplification of letters written to his father.


CREMER, John

Ramblin' Jack; The Journal of Captain John Cremer, 1700-1774  transcribed by R.Reynell Bellamy. London, Jonathan Cape, 1936. Properly an autobiography begun in 1768, there is no evidence of any records contemporary with the events described, with the exception of an interpolated note of his wife's illness and recovery in 1768. Nevertheless an entertaining and vigorous narrative of a seafaring life, also of interest for naval and social historians.


CRISP, Simon

01

Diary of a Somebody  by Christopher Matthew. London Hutchinson, 1978 and  Loosely Engaged; Further Pages from the Diary of a Somebody  by Christopher Matthew, London, Hutchinson, 1980. Entertaining fiction.


DASHWOOD, R.M.

03

Provincial Daughter  New York, Simon and Schuster, 1961; London, Virago, 2002. Novel in diary form by the daughter of E.M.Delafield.


DELAFIELD, E.M.

03

Diary of a Provincial Lady  London, Macmillan, 1930. Entertaining novel in diary form.


DEW, WilliamE

A First Fleet Family: A Hitherto Unoublished Narrative of Certain remarkable Adventures, Compiled from the Papers of sergeant William Dew of the Marines  by Louis Becke, Macmillan, 1896, is fiction.


DIBBENS, Harold John

Dibbens' Diaries as a Sailor, Soldier, Policeman, Civil Servant, 1925-1972  privately printed, 1989. Reminiscence and autobiography. pp vi and 80, card covers.


DICKINSON, Emily

02

The Diary of Emily Dickinson  by Jamie Fuller. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1983. This is a novel.


DUNCAN, Alex

01

The Diary of a Country Doctor  London, W.H.Allen, 1982. Fiction.


ELLIS, John

01

Diary of a Hangman  London, Forum Press, True Crime Library, paperback, 1996. Memoirs of a hangman from 1901 to 1924, dictated in retirement. No diary material.


ESHIN, Nishimura

03

Unsui: A Diary of Zen Monastic Life   Honolulu, University of Hawai, 1973. "The daily life the monastery is portrayed here in 97 watercolor sketches. Drawn during his last years by the Zen monk Giei Sato, these sketches recollect his days as an unsui, an apprentice monk. Each of the charming drawings is enhanced by a brief description of the event portrayed, a touch of Zen teaching, or a note on monastic life." It would thus appear to contain no contemporaneous material.


ETAN, Raymond

03

The Diary of a Deacon  Philadelphia, 1925, is reported to be fiction.


FALLON, Thomas (1825-1855)  tenth mayor of San Jose, California

03

California Cavalier: The Journal of Captain Thomas Fallon  San Jose Historical Museum, 1978, is the fictional journal of his early predecessor by Thomas McEnery, sixty-first mayor of San Jose


FENDLER, Donn

03

Lost on a Mountain in Maine  by Joseph Egan. Harper Collins, 1992. The story of a twelve year old boy lost for nine days on mount Kahahdin in July, 1939. (James Cummings (4111) has this).


FLOYD, Margaret

03

James Cummings (4260) has  Passages from the Journal of a Social Wreck  Scribners, 1884. This is, however, reprinted in the  Library of American Fiction  Volume VII, 1904.


FRANKENSTEIN, Viktor

03

The Frankenstein Diaries  Viking, 1980, is fiction.


GALT, John

03

James Cummings (4548) has  Annals of the Parish  London, 1910. This is a novel.


GAUGUIN, Paul

a) The Intimate Journals of Paul Gauguin  translated by Van Wyk Brooks. London, Heinemann, 1952 (A limited edition was published in 1923). The book consists mainly of reminiscence and reverie with occasional undated notes about the present, apparently written in 1902 and 1903.

b) Noa Noa  Stockholm, 1947, first published in 1901, “originally conceived as commentary on his paintings and describing his experiences in Tahiti [in 1891?]. Modern critics have suggested that the contents of the book were in part fantasized and plagiarized.”


GENET, Jean

The Thief's Journal  translated by Bernard Frechtman. London, Anthony Blond, 1965; Faber and Faber, 1973. Imaginative homosexual autobiography.


GLORY, Morning - E

03

The American Diary of a Japanese Girl  Stokes, 1902, is a novel by Yone Noguchi.


GOETEL, Ferdynand

03

From Day to Day  Viking, 1931, “…is a novel interesting for its use of the diary form within the main narrative as a means of exploring character.”


GORA, Dirk

03

Russian Dance of Death  Claremont, California, 1920. An “Obscure novel [by Dederich Navall] in the form of a diary concerning the tribulations of Dutch immigrants to Russia and the Ukraine during the Russian Revolution.”


GREEN, Henry Gordon

03

The Diary of a Dirty Old Man  Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, 1974 is a “Novel told in the form of a diary of a middle-aged farmer and high school teacher who falls in love with one of his students.”


GUNTEKIN, Resat

03

James Cummings (5184) has  The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl  Allen, 1949. Guntekin was a novelist and this is a translation of his novel  The Wren  first published in Turkish in 1922.


HARPWOOD, Diane

Tea and Tranquillisers; The Diary of a Happy Housewife  London, Virago Press, 1981. Entertaining fiction.


HAWKER, James

James Hawker's Journal; A Victorian Poacher  edited and introduced by Garth Christian. London, Oxford University Press, 1961. Memoirs; there are no dated entries and the greater part is clearly written as recollection.


HAZO, Samuel

03

James Cummings (5635)has  Inscripts  Ohio University, 1975. The book is described by the author as fiction.


HOLMES, James E.

03

A Drifterman's Diary: An Account of Herring Fishing in Norfolk in the Days of Sail & Steam  privately printed, Lowestoft, 1994. Interesting oral history from members of the George family but containing no contemporaneous material.


HORDLE, Ethel (pseud.)

01

The Naughty Diary of an Edwardian Lady  London, Macdonald Futura, 1981. A smutty and unamusing attempt to parody 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady'.


JEFFERAY, William

01

The Journal of William Jefferay  by John O.Austin. Providence 1899. The fake diary of a real inhabitant of Providence  from 1650 to 1669. (See Matthews' American Diaries).


JOHNSON, Sandy [Air Vice-Marshall]

02

Diary of an Aviator  Shrewsbury, Airlife Publishing, 1993. Autobiography with no detectable diary material.


JONES, Bridget

01

Bridget Jones's Diary: a novel  by Helen Fielding. London, Picador, 1996. Entertaining Fiction.


KENNEDY, Richard

03

A Boy at the Hogarth Press  London, Heinemann Educational Books, 1972 (first published in a limited edition by Whittington Press, 1972). An account, in diary form, of the life of a sixteen year old working for Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. Interesting and amusing but written forty years after the events described.


KING, Josephine

03

The King Diaries  McGraw, 1967, is fiction by Douglas Moon.


KITAMURA, Satoshi

UFO Diary  Andersen Press, 1989; London, Random Century, 1991. Whimsical picture story for children.


KLINE, David

03

Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal  North Point, 1990. A collection of forty-five essays, categorised by season, originally written for the Amish magazine Family Life.


KNOX, Cleone

03

Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion in the Year 1765-1765  London: Thornton Butterworth, 1926, and later twice reprinted, is fiction, written by Magdalen King-Hall.


LANGSTAFF

02

Diary of a Driver  London, The Epworth Press, 1943. Retrospective account (written in the winter of 1941) of the life of an R.A.S.C. driver in France in 1940. 59 pp.


LAVAL, Pierre

The Unpublished Diary of Pierre Laval  with an introduction by Josee Laval. London, The Falcon Press, 1948. Written in Fresnes Prison as a rebuttal of the charges against him; recollections of dated events but no comtemporaneous material.


LONG, Jefferey

03

The Soloist’s Diary  in Ascent  July, 1974, is fiction.


LUXULYAN, Henry

03

Extracts from the Journal of Henry Luxulyan  in  Spiritual Adventures  by Arthur Symons, London, Constable, 1907, is largely fictional.


MASSETT, Stephen C.

03

Drifting About  New York, 1863, is fiction.


MATTHEW, Christopher

Loosely Engaged: Further Pages from the Diary of a Somebody  London, Hutchinson, 1980. Amusing fiction.


MATTHIESSEN, Peter (1927-2014)

Nine-Headed Dragon River; Zen Journals 1969-1982  London, Collins Harvill, 1986. A spiritual autobiography; loosely dated retrospective account. Matthhiessen wrote several other books, including  The Cloud Forest  Viking, 1961, and   The Snow Leopard  Viking, 1978, which have been allowed as diaries by James Cummings  (8210 and 8211).


MOORE, Betty

03

Betty Moore’s Journal  Rand, MacNally, 1912, is a work of fiction by Mabel D.Carry.


MORLEY, John

01

Colonial Postscript; Diary of a District Officer, 1935-1956  London, The Radcliffe Press, 1992. Narrative account of colonial experiences, constructed around extracts from letters.


MURAVIN, Victor

02

The Diary of Vikenty Angarov  Toronto, Prentice Hall, 1978. Novel about a Siberian exile in Stalinist Russia.


NEELY, Arthur

03

James Cummings (9066) has Decline and Fall of Dr. Sawbones  Chicago, Neely, 1900. this is a fictional account of the career of a physcician in the Klondike.


NOBLE, Margaret E. (The Sister Nivedita of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda) - E

03

James Cummings (9217) has  The Web of Indian Life  London, Heinemann, 1906, but despite some incident and vivid description it is hard to discern any evidence of an underlying diary.


MUIR, Augustus

03

Candlelight in Avalon  London, Geoffrey Bles, 1954 is the supposed diary of Hugh Occleve in which he “describes his struggle to come to terms with modern life in this troubled world – and of his failure until he surrenders himself unconduitionally to God.”


McKENNY, Ruth

03

James Cummings (8382) has  Industrial Valley  Harcourt, 1939. Although apparently written in diary form the Cornell Press, advertising its 1992 edition, describes the book as a “…compelling novel of class and industrial conflict in Akron, Ohio, …”


OCCLEVE, Hugh

03

See MUIR, Augustus  


OGNYOV, N (1888-1938)

03

The Diary of a Communist Schoolboy  translated by Alexander Werth. London, Gollancz, 1928.


OGNYOV, N (1888-1938)

03

The Diary of a Communist Undergraduate  translated by Alexander Werth. London, Gollancz, 1928.


PAYNTON, Alice

02

The Great Plague: The Diary of Alice Paynton, London 1665-1666  by Pamela Oldfield. London, Scholastic, 2001. Fiction, written for young adults.


PEARL, Minnie (CANNON, Sarah Ophelia Colley) (1912-1996)  Comedienne - E

03

Minnie Pearl’s Diary  New York, Greenberg, 1953. Fictional diary playing on her music hall jokes.


PENROSE, Llewellin

03

The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, a Seaman  London, John Murray; Edinburgh, William Blackwood, 1815 was written in America by William Williams (1727-1791) and has been described as the first Aerican novel. See also  Mr. Penrose: The Journal of Penrose, Seaman  by David Howard Dickson, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


PETTY, W. Morgan

The Defence Diaries of W. Morgan Petty  edited by Brian Bethell. London, Viking, 1984. Entertaining fictional diary of an occupier who declares his suburban home a nuclear free zone.


PEPYS, Elizabeth

1. - The Diary of Mrs Pepys  by F.D.Ponsonby. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1934. -

2. - The Diary of Elizabeth Pepys  by Dale Spender. London, Grafton, 1991. Fictional diary of Samuel's wife.


POWELL, Mary

The Maiden and Married life of Mary Powell: Afterwards Mistress Milton  London, 1849, is a fictional diary by Anne Manning (1807-1889), as is also the sequel Deborah’s Diary.


PRELESHNIK, Daniella

02

House of Dolls  by Ka Tzetnik 135633. Translated from the Hebrew by Moshe M.Kohn. London, Frederick Muller, 1956. Based upon the diary of a young Jewish girl in ghetto, labour camp and Nazi house of prostitution. The narrative leaves no trace of the underlying diary.


RAWLE, Graham

03

Diary of an Amateur Photographer  Penguin Books, 1998, is a mystery novel.


RODMAN, Julius

03

The Journal of Julius Rodman: Being an Account of the First Passage  Across the Rocky Mountains Ever Achieved by Civilised Man  Philadelphia, 1840, is fiction by Edgar Allan Poe based upon the narrative of John Kirk Townsend (qv).


RUSSELL, Mary Hervey

01

The Journal of Mary Hervey Russell  by Storm Jameson. London, Macmillan, 1945. A novel.


SACHS, Albie

The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs  London, The Harvill Press, 1966. Paladin paperback, 1990. Record of 168 days solitary confinement in a South African prison, written after his release.


SARO-WIWA, Ken

A Month and a Day; A Detention Diary  London, Penguin Books, paperback, 1995. Retrospective narrative political statement about his detention in Nigeria in 1993.


SARTRE, Jean-Paul

03

The Diary Of Antoine Roquentin – Nausea  London, 1949. A novel.


SEAWARD, Edward

03

Sir Edward Seaward’s narrative of his shipwreck, and consequent discovery of certain islands in the Caribbean Sea: with a detail of many extraordinary and highly interesting events in his life, from the year 1733 to 1749, as written in his own diary  edited by Miss Jane Porter, New York, Harper, three volumes, 1831, is fiction written by her brother, William Ogilvie Porter, sometime naval surgeon.


SHARWOOD-SMITH, Joan

01

Diary of a Colonial Wife; An African Experience  London, Radcliffe Press, 1992. Narrative account of the life of a Colonial Service wife in Nigeria between 1939 and 1957.


SILENCE, William - E

03

The Diary of master William Silence: A Study of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Sport  by D.H.Madden, London, Longmans Green, 1897, is fiction.


SIMPSON, Emma

02

When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson  edited by Barry Deneberg. New York, Scholastic, 1997. Fiction written for young adults.


01

The Diary  London, Scholastic Publications, 1995. Fiction. A horror story for adolescent children.


SMITH, Thomas (1790-1878) - E

03

Extracts from the Diary of a Huntsman  London, 1841, contains much hunting anecdote, the recollection of some of which may have been aided by a diary, but there is no evidence of this and the word 'diary' occurs only in the title of the book.


STERN, Dr. Daniel N.

01

Diary of a Baby  London, Fontana, paperback, 1991. Empathetic account of a child's experience of the world from the age of six months to four years. Adult descriptions of events are reinterpreted as it is thought they would appear to the mind of the child.


STIPP, John - E

03

The Devil's Diary (The Record of Nazi Conspiracy and Agression)  Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch Press, 1955, is a compilation by John Stipp, Chief Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality, and probably contains no diary material. -


TANIZAKI, Junichiro

03

Diary of a Mad Old Man  translated by Howard Hibbert. London, Secker and Warburg, 1966. Japanese novel.


SMITH, John Thomas - E

03

James Cummings (11574) has  Book for a Rainy Day  London, Methuen, 1905, which appears to be a book of recollection and anecdote with no contemporaneous material.


TUTEIN, Peter

03

James Cummings (12627) has  The Sealers  Putnam's, 1938. This is a fictional account of sealing in the White Sea.


URNER, Mabel Herbert (Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper) - E

03

The Journal of a Neglected Wife  New York, Dodge, 1909, is fiction.


VARÈSE, Edgar Victor Achille Charles

Varèse: A Looking Glass Diary  London, Davis Poynter, 1973. A biography of the composer, by his wife, Louise Varèse. There is no diary material and the title is a literary conceit.


VAUGHAN, David W.M.

01

The Diary of a Freed Mason; A Christian Viewpoint of Freemasonry  Chichester, New Wine Press, paperback, no date (1992?). An account of the author's rejection of Freemasonry. No diary material.


VULLIAMY, C.E.

The Polderoy Papers  London, Michael Joseph, 1943. Amusing fiction.


VULLIAMY, C.E.

Doctor Philligo: His Journal and Opinions  London, Michael Joseph, 1944. Amusing fiction.


VULLIAMY, C.E.

Eleanor and Edwin. Family Documents: 1854-56  London, Michael Joseph, 1945. Amusing fiction.


VULLIAMY, C.E.

Henry Plumdew: His Memoirs Experiences and Opinions, 1938-1948  London, Michael Joseph, 1950. Amusing fiction.


WEISS, Ruth (b.1928)  German born American beat poet - E

03

Desert Journal  Boston, 1977, "… is the work that Weiss herself describes as her masterpiece and her most significant work to-date. The piece is an exploration of a mind in a desert. The poem's subject spends 40 days and nights in a desert and each day of the desert is limited to a poem of five pages, each day being its own poem within the greater whole. Everyday, the gender-warping subject of the poem has a new area of exploration and revelation, and the poem brings the reader through the highs and lows, the turmoil and the peace, that the disembodied protagonist traverses. Weiss began writing this poem in 1961 and spent seven years on it, not completing it until 1968."


WILHELM II

03

Gone Astray  John Lane, 1918. Purported diary of Kaiser Wilhelm.


WILLIAMS, William

03

See PENROSE, Llewellin


WILLIAMSON, Audrey Creighton

02

Journal of an Army Wife: from the Forties to the Eighties  Worcester, Square One Publications, 1991. Memoirs with no detectable contemporaneous material.


WOLF, LauraE

03

Diary of a Mad Bride  2002, is fiction.


WOODS, Caroline

03

The Diary of a Milliner  by Belle Otis, New York, Hurd, 1867, is fiction apparentlt based on some personal experience.


ZUKER-BUJANOWSKSA, Liliana

Liliana's Journal: Warsaw 1939-1945  London, Piatkus, 1981. Narrative account of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, written in 1946


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