The Assassin's Cloak

The Assassin's Cloak

An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists

By Irene Taylor (Editor); Alan Taylor (Editor)

Canongate Books, Paperback, 9781841954592, 698pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011



About the Author


Alan Taylor is professor of history at the University of California at Davis. He is the author of "William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic," which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in American history.
Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, and a "Los Angeles Times" Book Award, among other honors.


Praise For The Assassin's Cloak

"Readers shouldn't miss Irene and Alan Taylor's doorstop-sized, decade-in-the-making assemblage of notable diary excerpts . . . Spanning four centuries and addressing countless topics (from thoughtful reflections on diary-keeping to gossip, politics, and mundane musings) this book is for the expert and the dilettante, for the coffee table and the reference shelf."  Publishers Weekly

"A sumptuous feast. This inspired anthology of diverse diary entries, selected chiefly for their honesty, is relentlessly thought-provoking."  Independent

"Such is the care lavished on the material that what emerges is not simply a single, chronological progress but a series of interior narratives capable of throwing unexpected detours and surprises along the way . . . The Taylors specialize in the canny juxtaposition . . . they seemed to have packed in practically everyone one had ever heard of, as well as a number of promising names."  Times Literary Supplement