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The Diary and Life of William Byrd II of Virginia, 1674-1744 Paperback – August, 1991


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"A remarkable portrait of an elusive figure. . . . Lockridge has succeeded where others failed in probing behind the diaries, bringing together revelations from the correspondence and other sources to illuminate Byrd's thinking and emotional state."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"A wonderfully nuanced, deeply insightful portrait; there is no better entree to the interior life of early America."--John Demos, Yale University
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393956822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393956825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By jimr@rileysfarm.com on October 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed to learn that, despite the title, this is not really the "diary" of William Byrd II. Sections of his diary are included, but this is more properly understood as a biography, with relatively little primary material. The conclusions of an academic historian may be interesting, but if the book is billed as a "diary," I would prefer to see the primary material in its entirety, and then conclude whether or not the professor has it right!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dryden on September 22, 2013
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My Byrd has numerous connections with William Evelyn Byrd !!. First by Cary Byrd (1716) his daughter--will filed in Mecklenberg, VA by spouse Christopher Hudson, John Byrd father of George William Byrd was the brother of John Byrd, and Christopher Hudson married Cary Byrd who had a daughter Annie Hudson and also a sister Annie Hudson.
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