An Unexpected Audience, by Emma Baird

The diary writer wrote with no expectation of ever being read. She didn’t censor and she didn’t make any effort to hide her self-obsession. Why would she?

After her death, her niece packed up all the journals and stored them in her attic. The diary writer’s great niece read the journals – early 20th century life and the changing status of women was the theme that prevailed.

Fascinating stuff!

An editor agreed. The diary writer’s musings became public – her words mulled over by book groups and critics.

Introversion and privacy had been the diary writer’s watchwords. She spun in her grave.


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