(both titles available Fall 2009)
In Our Own Words: New England Diaries, 1600 to the Present
The first of two reports on diary writing and diary production in New England and contiguous areas of New York State. Essays begin with a look at diaries as a literary and memory genre, women’s commonplace books, religious “relations” as autobiographies, and codfishermen’s logs. Coming of age diaries by boys, young women, and divinity students and apprentices, and diaries of siblings.
In Our Own Words: New England Diaries II
The second volume of a two-part series on diary writing in New England. Essays include studies of diary keeping in isolated Vermont and Maine communities; diaries of loneliness and privilege in the city; military journals; diaries as a record of death; European and Asian travel diaries; Quaker diaries; and diaries as a source of agricultural and maritime history.