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Revelations: Diaries of Women Paperback – June 12, 1975
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"To read this book is to experience an excitement, a warm recognitiion, and a dizzingly expanded sense of possibilities...These are revelations indeed. For the first time, consciously and all in one place, editores Moffat and Painter have assembled evidence of the full human range of passions, achievements, and insights in women ...a great encouragement and stimulus to any woman who hopes her own life will be full, deep, and wide." -- Annie Gottleib, Viva
"Two California women took on the formidable task of selecting and editing (this) compilation, and have produced one of the most exciting and moving collections of women's writing I have yet read. Mary Jane Moffat and Charlotte Painter are both teachers and themselves intelligent writers, as is evident in their own comments dispersed throughout...and in Moffat's Foreword and Painter's Afterword. . . The women represented here explore their feelings honestly, humorously, painfully, wisely." -- Ann Morrissett Davidon, in The Nation
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Excerpts from the private diaries of women, known and unknown, among them Louisa May Alcott, Sophie Tolstoy, George Eliot, Anais Nin.
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It has never occured to me that I keep journals because I feel I have no other outlet of expression and like my views would be stifled otherwise, or to find "my true nature." I also don't think that any normal journallers think about why they're journalling, or if their journals are expressions of love, work, or power, as though life can be compartmentalised into such tidy and specific little categories. Most journallers just want to keep a record of their lives. "Although earlier taboos are disappearing about what is acceptable for a woman to feel, and although personal matters that were never confided even to a close friend are now casual dinner-table conversation, many women still keep diaries." There's a shocker. "As we continue to speak more openly to each other and to men, breaking the long silence about what a woman's inner life is like, dropping false personas, the need for diaries as an emotional outlet may disappear." That must be why so many people still keep journals as an emotional outlet. I think most women across the ages have kept journals just because they wanted to, not to express anger at the system or to have an outlet for illicit and taboo beliefs! "To read this book of selections from women's diaries is, for a woman reader, to experience an excitement, a warm recognition, and a dizzyingly expanded sense of possibilities...." Maybe that was true for a woman who picked the book up when it first came out, but I was born in 1979 and have always known the possibilities open to me. Times have changed a lot. So many of these excerpts (some of which would have seemed more coherent and interesting if the editors hadn't skipped around so much between the entries; why were all of the entries in between the included ones not included as well?) were so obviously included out of feminist or political motivations, and didn't make me eager to read the full-length books. This was a really laudable effort, but ultimately is like so many other books which came out in this era--laughably dated today.