I Am the Most Interesting Book of All: The Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff (Vol 1)
by Marie Bashkirtseff, Phyllis Howard Kernberger, Katherine Kernberger
464 pages, Chronicle Books LLC; (May 1, 1997)
Marie’s journal entries begin in 1873 and Marie’s growth throughout the years is very fascinating. More later.
What is interesting is that her mother originally censored her entries …
I’m sad that only volume one is currently available. I’d love to read the second half!
finished this afternoon. Will add quotes soon.
Following are a few quotes I enjoyed…
Tuesday, May 11, 1875. From the day of my marriage my freedom will begin, while it should be the other way around.
Thursday, June 17, 1875. … How silly we are in this world! To appear in a corset is considered improper, but we show much more in a low-cut ball gown. To touch the hand once more is not permitted, but in dancing we embrace as much as possible. I don’t know the others were doing, but I lean very much on my partner when I am dancing — without insisting, however, but enough to brush his face with my hair if he is tall and with my cheek if he is like Audiffret. I recalled the evening last summer in Ostend, when I excused the Pole, permitting him to talk to me. When waltzing with him many times I touched his face with my hair. I didn’t want to with my cheek….
Friday, September 10, 1875 … It’s my habit to speak badly about people and things that I love …
Thursday, January 13, 1876. Mama and Dina are at church. It’s our New Year’s Day, and I have stayed home to sew. That is my whim at present, and I must do what I wish…
Wednesday, April 19, 1876 … No matter what may happen, I bequeath my Journal to the public ….
Saturday, May 16, 1876 … I’ve made a mistake — this journal cannot serve as instruction to anywone, because there is not another creater as weak and as tormeted as I. Now I feel better. Tomorrow is the races.