Check out These 7 Photos of Famous Authors’ Diaries

Lets face it, it’s really wrong to read someone else’s diary. It crosses all sorts of boundaries that you don’t want to cross. It also makes you completely untrustworthy and kind of a piece of shit, unless of course the diary belongs to one of our favourite authors. Then it’s totally okay.


The main difference between diary entires written before the great wave of Facebook and Twitter and those written after is that before people started offloading every little detail of their lives onto their public profiles, writers actually wrote concisely what they really feel into their diary. It wasn’t a chore, like “Oh man, I should have journaled today.” It wasn’t for others to read, it was a way to organise your life or share your deepest and darkest.


Here are some photographs of author’s diaries, ranging from Jack Kerouac to Charlotte Brontë.


1. Charlotte Brontë’s Diary



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2. Jack Kerouac’s Notebook



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3. John Steinbeck’s Journal Page



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4. Leonardo da Vinci’s Copious Notes


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5. David Foster Wallace’s Draft of The Pale King.



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6. Jennifer Egan’s Journal



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7. Notes of Issac Newton



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Bonus: The Diary of Frida Kahlo



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Frida clearly wins most beautiful and imaginative diary award, followed closely by David Foster Wallace, who, for some reason, I was not expecting such beautiful handwriting from.


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