13 Collections Of Diary Entries And Letters By Famous Creatives

By Kerri Jarema

I have never been the sort of person who knows how to keep a diary. Oh, I have tried. I'm a sucker for pretty stationary, and I sometimes catch myself buying unnecessary new notebooks and pens. Yes, this is the time I will commit to journaling, I always tell myself. Maybe I start, my best intentions leading to a few entries before I fall out of the habit. Or I get halfway through a diary when I make the mistake of re-reading an entry and cringe so much at my inner dramatics that I scrap the entire thing altogether. More often than not, though, I let the notebook collect dust in a pretty pile. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in reading other people's diaries.

Though I always refrained from snooping through my younger sister's notebooks, I am not immune to the impulse. If you're anything like me, you might be able to scratch the itch of curiosity (without getting into major trouble with your friends and family) by picking up the published journals of one of your favorite creators instead. From authors and artists to musicians and memoirists, these collections (both in the form of diaries and letter anthologies) go deep into the mind of people like Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, whose innermost thoughts are sure to be more interested and affecting than your own: