Alan Rickman's diaries will be published as a book

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 23, 2020

The "witty, gossipy and utterly candid" entries are said to have been written over more than 25 years and will be edited down.

Alan Rickman's 27 volumes of diaries will be published as a book in the fall of next year, The Guardian reports.

It will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Books, who also put together The Country Diaries, a collection of pastoral journalist from Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Wordsworth, John Fowles and more.

The book's editor, Alan Taylor, says Rickman's diaries are "anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid; they make compulsive reading and offer a peerless insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor who was as beloved in the USA as he surely was in the United Kingdom".

Alan Taylor told The Guardian that Rickman's diaries were "anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid".

"I'm delighted that Canongate will be publishing Alan's diaries, and couldn't have wished for a finer appointment of editor than Alan Taylor".

"They make compulsive reading and offer a peerless insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor, who was as beloved in the United States as he surely was in the United Kingdom", he added.

They also feature his thoughts on acting and politics, reviews of plays he attended, and insights into his friendship circles - he was known to be acquainted with such powerful figures as Prince Charles, Tony Blair, and Bill Clinton, as well as being close with fellow actors such as Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney).

"More than anything though, the diaries reveal the real Alan Rickman, funny, passionate, occasionally provocative, and give fresh insight into his art".

Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Books, is editing "The Diaries of Alan Rickman" for publisher Canongate in the United Kingdom and Holt in the U.S. Taylor previously put together collections of journals and diaries by other notables, such as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, poet Dorothy Wordsworth and novelist John Fowles, best known for "The French Lieutenant's Woman". They provide pitch-perfect vignettes: short, pithy paragraphs painting big pictures, and offering intriguing insights into himself, his peers and the world around him.

In the Harry Potter series Rickman played wizard Severus Snape, a teacher at Hogwarts.

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