Women's Diaries Diary As Autobiography - Essay

Diary As Autobiography

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Francis Anne Kemble (essay date 1835)

SOURCE: A preface to Journal of a Residence in America, A. and W. Galignani and Co., 1835, pp. v-vi.

[In the following excerpt, Kemble explains the purpose and composition of her published diary.]

A preface appears to me necessary to this book, in order that the expectation with which the English reader might open it should not be disappointed.

Some curiosity has of late been excited in England with regard to America: its political existence is a momentous experiment, upon which many eyes are fixed, in anxious watching of the result; and such accounts as have been published of the customs...

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