Alan Rickman’s diaries to be published as a book – art and culture
The personal diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman, known for the “Harry Potter” film franchise, “Die Hard” and “Love, Actually” will be published as a book in late 2022.
According to The Guardian, the 27 volumes of handwritten diaries, spanning more than 25 years of Rickman’s life and career, will be edited into a single book.
The popular stage and screen actor, best known for playing Professor Severus Snape on the “Harry Potter” series, wrote about everything from his thoughts on acting to ideas about friendships and politics in his journals.
Rickman, who died in 2016 at age 69 after a battle with cancer, began writing these diaries in the early 1990s with the intention of publishing them.
Publisher Canongate has acquired the rights to the book, supposedly titled “The Alan Rickman Diaries.”
It will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Books, who also assembled “The Country Diaries,” a collection of pastoral journalists from Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Wordsworth, John Fowles and more.
Rickman’s wife, Rima Horton, said she is looking forward to the book.
“I am delighted that Canongate is publishing Alan’s diaries and could not have wished for a better editor appointment than Alan Taylor. The diaries reveal not only the actor Alan Rickman, but the real Alan: his sense of humor, his keen observation, his prowess and his devotion to the arts, ”Horton said.
Taylor said Rickman’s diaries were “anecdotal, intrusive, witty, gossipy, and absolutely sincere.” “They compulsively read and offer an incomparable insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor, who was as loved in America as he surely was in the UK,” he added.
Rickman, whose distinctive voice still resonates in fans’ ears, was also an avid theatergoer who reviewed the plays he attended and shared behind-the-scenes stories from the “Harry Potter” set, which he was a part of for a decade. . , between 2001 and 2011.
His career had already taken off with performances as Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in films such as Hans Gruber, the villain opposite Bruce Willis in “Die Hard”, when he began writing diaries.
His other negative roles include that of the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” as well as the terrifying Rasputin in the 1995 HBO film.
His other notable roles include “Truly, Madly, Deeply”, “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Song of Lunch”.
Rickman made his directorial debut with “The Winter Guest” with his “Sense and Sensibility” star Emma Thompson. He also reunited with Kate Winslet, the film’s other star, in 2015’s “A Little Chaos.”
He continued to write these diaries until his death.
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