Review by Choice Review
Havlice, compiler of numerous indexes to art, biographies, and song, has created a comprehensive companion to William Matthews's American Diaries (1945; revised version, Laura Arksey, Nancy Pries, and Marcia Reed, American Diaries, 1983-, CH, May '84), Canadian Diaries and Autobiographies (1950), and British Diaries (1950). She lists diaries published in English in book form, in journals, in microform, and as dissertations. Entries are arranged chronologically, and include brief abstracts, publication data, and, for books, review citations. There are a general index (including subjects) and an index for diarists. Havlice excludes diaries listed by Matthews but provides an index to them. Libraries with a strong interest in this genre will want both this title and those by Matthews; others will find that most readers will be content with topical histories or biographies and their appended bibliographies. Havlice provides the subject access needed for particular topics. Upper-division and graduate collections.-J.M. Robson, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
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Review by Booklist Review
016.92 Diaries Bibliography / Bibliography Bibliography Diaries / Diaries Book reviews Bibliography [CIP] 86-13738 Noted indexer-bibliographer Patricia Pate Havlice has assisted reference librarians by updating William Matthews' three bibliographies: American Diaries (1945), British Diaries (1950), and Canadian Diaries and Autobiographies (1950). She has added items that were published in English since Matthews' cutoff dates (1861 for American diaries, 1942 for British ones) and updated some of her predecessor's entries with new information. Most importantly, she has rectified Matthews' exclusion of American Civil War diaries.Havlice lists 2,509 diaries published as books, journal articles, and dissertations in chronological order by year of the first entry in the diary (838 to 1983). She provides full bibliographic citations and brief annotations. The annotations note occupations, geographical locations, notable persons, and significant events. Book review citations are provided for diaries when reviews are available. The majority of citations are to Book Review Digest and Book Review Index. Havlice notes, as Matthews did before her, that a comprehensive listing of diaries is virtually impossible.Three indexes add to the usefulness of the work. The ``Index of Diarists'' lists all the diarists in Havlice's compilation. The ``Index to Matthews' Bibliographies'' lists all the diarists in his three books. The general index includes authors, editors, book titles, places, and subjects, such as sea diaries and travel diaries, in the Havlice list. All three of the indexes appear to be free of errors. The index to Matthews' works by itself is valuable.Havlice is not the only one who has recognized the need to update Matthews. Laura Arksey, Nancy Pries, and Marcia Reed, in American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries and Journals (v.1, Gale, 1983; reviewed in RBB, August 1984; and v.2, 1987), compiled information on diaries to update and extend Matthews' American Diaries. Volume 1 contains 2,500 titles and volume 2, 3,263 items, incorporating Matthews' entries with new publications. Havlice did not limit her bibliography to American diaries but updated all three of Matthews' works. Her one-volume bibliography is less expensive and more comprehensive in coverage than the two-volume Gale set. For libraries owning Matthews' bibliographies and researchers needing citations to published diaries, Havlice's And So to Bed is a valuable reference tool.
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