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  • Michael Robinson
    Intimate diaries and banal letters live on in France s library of secrets. Archive of unpublished biographies and scrapbooks dates back to 19th century By
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9, 2009
      Intimate diaries and banal letters live on in France's library of
      secrets. Archive of unpublished biographies and scrapbooks dates back
      to 19th century

      By John Lichfield in Paris
      Friday, 9 January 2009

      Everyone's life is a novel, which has not yet been written. Or in some
      cases, it has been written but never published.

      In a small town in eastern France, there is a library, or archive, of
      intimate secrets: a collection of 2,500 unpublished – and mostly
      unpublishable – autobiographies, diaries, scrapbooks, bundles of
      letters and collections of emails dating from the early 19th century
      to last month.

      "There are as many diarists as there are amateur pianists. They just
      make less noise," says Michel Vannet, custodian of the archive at
      Ambérieu-en-Bugey, near Lyons.

      Continued:
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/intimate-diaries-and-banal-letters-live-on-in-frances-library-of-secrets-1242617.html
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