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The diaries of Thomas Shone, 1820 Settler, 1838-1839 and 1850-1859

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dc.contributor.author Silva PM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:12:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:12:21Z
dc.date.created 1978 en
dc.date.submitted 1982 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/23791
dc.description.abstract The diaries were a significant source of South African English; but more than that, they created a moving and vivid picture of one man's life and personality, which made a deep impression. Written daily (unlike many other settler writings, which are reminiscences), the diaries proved to be a journey into the interior life of Thomas Shone, with all his guilt, pain and occasional joys, documented in his idiosyncratic style. Shones diary is an intensely personal document, yet there are signs that he was at times conscious of a possible audience. His use of the phrase "My friends" to address his readers is likely to have been part of a convention of the time, rather than overt acknowledgement of the presence of an audience; however at the most personal level of all, his relationship with his mistress, he was not explicit, but employed a form of code. Furthermore, there is evidence that he kept a rough diary, from which he later made a neat copy. Thomas began his diary in order to record his attempt to stay away from drink, but his writing soon came to mean more to him than this. He gradually introduced notes on his daily activities, and his temptation to drink became just one part of a personal history. From 5 August 1838, when he first wrote of the loss of his wife, the diary became an important outlet for his misery. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject Biographies, memoirs, annals, diaries, reminiscences, correspondence en
dc.title The diaries of Thomas Shone, 1820 Settler, 1838-1839 and 1850-1859 en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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