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The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives

January 21 through May 22, 2011

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301 Introduction by William M. Griswold, Director of The Morgan Library & Museum.                          mp3
302 Facing Facts: Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862). Thoreau recorded his observations, thoughts, and revelations in dozens of notebooks, strong in the belief that a closely examined life would yield infinite riches. mp3
303 Amazing Grace: John Newton (1725–1807). Once a slave trafficker, John Newton felt called to the ministry and wrote the most enduring hymn of all time—"Amazing Grace." He kept a copious diary of his spiritual progress. mp3
304 Final Years of a Full Life: Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832). Sir Walter Scott spent the last years of his life furiously writing himself out of debt and resisting the "cold sinkings of the heart" that periodically dogged him. mp3
305 Dear Diary, Dear Beloved: Frances Eliza Grenfell (1814–1891). Forbidden to correspond with Charles Kingsley, the man she adored, Fanny Grenfell kept a diary in the form of unsent love letters instead. mp3
306 Sex, Drugs, and Ennui: Tennessee Williams (1911–1983). At the height of his literary success, dramatist Tennessee Williams was full of anxiety and dependent on drugs and alcohol. His diary revealed his inner anguish. mp3
307 Newlyweds: Sophia (1809-1871) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) After their marriage in 1842, Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne kept a diary together, reading each other's words and building a record of their intimacy. mp3
308 World War II Internment: Fanny Twemlow (1881-1989) Confined to a civilian internment camp in France during the Second World War, Fanny Twemlow kept an illustrated record of her captivity. mp3
309 Niagara Honeymoon: Mary Ann and Septimus Palairet (1800s). A newly married couple from England traveled through America during the 1840s and recorded their impressions in words and pictures. mp3
310 Fighting for Mental Health: John Ruskin (1819–1900). After recovering from a psychotic break, English critic John Ruskin was determined to remain stable and continue to work. He tracked his health in his diary. mp3
311 Writing The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck (1902–1968). While composing a new novel about the struggles of American migrant workers, Steinbeck kept a diary of his writing days. mp3
312 Spinning and Sausage-making: Elizabeth Eastman Morgan (b. 1795). Elizabeth Morgan tracked the rhythms of small-town life—from pig-butchering to candle-making—in early nineteenth-century Massachusetts. mp3
313 Pride and Piracy: Bartholomew Sharpe (ca. 1650–1690). As he terrorized Spanish towns and ships in the Americas, English pirate Bartholomew Sharpe kept a diary of his voyage and his exploits. mp3
314 A Dark and Stormy Night: Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855). Fed up with teaching young girls their lessons, future novelist Charlotte Brontë began a diary entry that grew into a fictional fantasy. mp3
315 Time, Space, and Sake: Albert Einstein (1879–1955). Fresh from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, Einstein traveled to Japan and kept a diary that incorporated both words and equations. mp3

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