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Brenda Niall

Brenda Niall reviews 'The Diaries of Donald Friend, Volume 1' edited by Anne Gray

August 2002, no. 243 01 August 2002
‘It is simply a very young girl’s record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication.’ Oscar Wilde’s Cecily, in The Importance of Being Earnest, expresses the contradictions of many diarists. Whether by chance, or by the diarist’s own wish, this most private form of writing often comes before the public. It may be that in the diary’s purest form the self ... (read more)