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Writing The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck (1902–1968). As he composed what he hoped would be one of America's great novels, John Steinbeck kept a daily diary of his writing progress. Struggling through self-doubt and everyday distractions, he finally produced The Grapes of Wrath.
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.
Boating with Thoreau: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864). After Henry Thoreau came to dinner one day in 1842, novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne described the unusual young man who seemed to live in perfect accord with nature
Diary of a Marriage: Sophia (1809–1871) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864). Newlyweds Sophia Peabody and Nathaniel Hawthorne kept a diary together, making a joint record of intimate life in their new home.
Final Years of a Full Life: Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832). With life's cares weighing him down and yet another novel to finish, Sir Walter Scott turned to his diary—and his nightly whisky and cigar—to get him through difficult days.
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