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Title: Writing and reading diaries in mid-twentieth-century Britain
Authors: Stewart, Victoria
First Published: 21-Mar-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Literature and History, 2018, 27 (1), pp. 47-61
Abstract: Using the diaries of Jean Lucey Pratt as a case study, the article assesses the impact of the availability of published diaries in mid-twentieth-century Britain on conventions in diary-writing practice. Consideration is also given to the effect of Pratt’s involvement in Mass-Observation on her perception of her diary, and to the wider influence of Mass-Observation on twentieth-century diary-writing, given that this project troubles the idea of the diary as an individualistic, private form of writing.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0306197318755679
ISSN: 0306-1973
eISSN: 2050-4594
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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