'I Write This Sitting in the Kitchen Sink': The Novelist as Observer and Journal-Keeper in Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and William Boyd's Any Human Heart

Rachel Darling


This paper looks at two novelist-protagonists who keep a journal or writer's diary. The characters' use of a diary to record and transmute their daily experiences into potential fiction mirrors the process by which the novelist adheres closely to reality for creative inspiration, making art out of the seemingly mundane day-to-day life. The paper analyses the use of writer's journals in Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and William Boyd's Any Human Heart, exploring the ways each author represents the importance of journal-keeping in the development of the creative writer.


Dodie Smith; William Boyd; Journal; Memory

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