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The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives

January 21 through May 22, 2011

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The Diary Podcast

Listen to the Morgan's podcast series of readings from the exhibition The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives. Actors Paul Hecht and Barbara Feldon read selections from the diaries on view.

The podcast series will be updated during the exhibition.

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Steinbeck thumbnail 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.

The diary entries in this podcast were published in Working Days: The Journals of the Grapes of Wrath, 1938 to 1941 by John Steinbeck, copyright ©1989, Elaine Steinbeck.
Williams thumbnail 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.

The diary entries in this podcast are presented by kind permission of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. © 2006 The University of the South.
Seliger thumbnail Wedding Day: Charles Seliger (1926–2009). In 1975, on the day he married Lenore Klebanow, American painter Charles Seliger began writing in a fresh notebook to mark his life's renewal. mp3
Thoreau thumbnail 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 mp3
Thoreau thumbnail At Home in the World: Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862). One chilly summer day in 1851, Henry Thoreau took a walk, listened to the wind and the birds, and reflected on his place in the world. mp3
Portrait of Sophia Hawthorne New Motherhood: Sophia Hawthorne (1809–1871). Full of joy and wonder, Sophia Hawthorne charted her daughter's first year of life, from her newborn cries to her first unsteady steps. mp3
Hawthorne thumbnail 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. mp3
Grenfell thumbnail 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. mp3
Sharpe thumbnail 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
Portrait of Scott 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. mp3
Charlotte Bronte thumbnail 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
Photograph of Walt Whitmen Soldiers' Missionary: Walt Whitman (1819–1892). During the American Civil War, the poet Walt Whitman visited army hospitals, listened to soldiers' stories, and expressed the pain of a wounded nation. mp3

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Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.