Horsham: Caliban Books
ISBN 0 904573 52 4
The diary of Francis Kilvert, first published between 1938 and 1940, is now recognised as one of the finest of all diaries in the English Language but this book, published in 1982, was the first study of Kilvert to be attempted. This book gathers all that had been discovered about the diarist and his friends, revealing new and intriguing aspects of the provincial society in which Kilvert lived. It is a guide to those parts of Radnorshire and Wilshire which Kilvert so eloquently described – rural areas which happily are still as unspoilt and beautiful as they were in the1870s.
Frederick Grice explores the diary as an unequalled social document, an autobiographical record of a fascinating personality, and as literature of the finest quality, including discussion – with extensive quotation – of previously unpublished diary material.