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Writing to Yourself

The personal diary came into being in the late 18th century, as a result of various activities requiring the recording of daily observations and occupations. Although most early diaries remained in the private sphere, some were published. They provide a means for researchers today to understand the daily preoccupations of their authors: the politicians, soldiers, prisoners, women writers and students of past eras.

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Girl seated by water, painting by Lorna Fyfe Reid, copied for Miss Lorna Reid, 1920-21
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VIEW-19729