Whoever would have thought the man who portrays cold characters such as Snape and Hans Gruber kept a diary? Up until his death, Alan Rickman hand wrote twenty-seven volumes of his diary that entailed his acting career and personal life over twenty-five years which he intended to publish. Recently, Publisher Canongate has bought the rights for his diaries and will be published under the title The Diaries of Alan Rickman in the fall of 2022.
Rickman started writing diaries in the early 1990s when his acting career began prospering, with one generation knowing him in a variety of movies such as Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He kept writing in the early 2000s with a younger generation knowing him in the franchise Harry Potter movies, Around The World in 80 Days, Love Actually, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
Rima Horton, Rickman’s widow, states that ‘The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humour, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.’ Like many diaries, Rickman writes as if he was writing to a long time friend. He shares his personal thoughts on acting, behind the scene stories from his movies, play reviews (he attended up to three shows a week), and interests outside of the arts such as politics with Rickman himself claiming to be born ‘a card-carrying member of the Labour party’.
‘More than anything though,’ Publisher Canongate states, ‘The diaries reveal the real Alan Rickman, funny, passionate, occasionally provocative, and give fresh insight into his art. He wrote his diaries as if chatting with a close friend. They provide pitch-perfect vignettes: short, pithy paragraphs painting big pictures, and offering intriguing insights into himself, his peers and the world around him. They are intimate, perceptive and very funny.’
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