My first diary (at age 9) came with a pink cover, a flimsy key, and irritatingly small spaces to fill in. It’s no longer in my possession, and for this I’m grateful. If you’ve ever been tempted to rifle through such a journal, you’ve probably also been tempted to light a match and watch the pages disappear. This roundup of published diaries, however, will have the opposite effect. Fiery in tone, inventive in form, containing unexpected insights and revelations, their authors illuminate hidden worlds. And as readers, we time-travel across centuries and continents to enter their intimate daily spheres.
Featured image: Francesco Zorzi