Alan Rickman, who died in 2016 at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer, began writing these journals in the early 1990s with the intention of publishing them.
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The personal diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman, known for the Harry potter movie franchise, Die hard, and, will be published in book form at the end of 2022.
According to The Guardian, the 27 volumes of manuscript journals, spanning over 25 years of Rickman’s life and career, will be edited in one book.
The famous film and theater actor, best known for playing Professor Severus Snape in Harry potter series, has written about everything from his thoughts on acting to ideas about friendships and politics in his journals.
Rickman, who died in 2016 at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer, began writing these journals in the early 1990s with the intention of publishing them.
The publisher Canongate acquired the rights to the book, which would be titled Alan Rickman’s Diaries.
It will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor-in-chief of the Scottish Review of Books, which has also set up Country newspapers, a collection of pastoral reporters from Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Wordsworth, John Fowles and more.
Rickman’s wife Rima Horton said she looks forward to the book.
“I’m delighted that Canongate publishes Alan’s Diaries and I could not have wished for a better publishing date than Alan Taylor. The diaries reveal not only Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humor, keen observation, craftsmanship and dedication to the arts, ”said Horton.
Taylor said Rickman’s journals were “anecdotal, intrusive, witty, gossip and quite frank.”
“They are compulsive reading and offer an incomparable glimpse into the daily life of a remarkable actor, who was as loved in the United States as he surely was in the United Kingdom,” he added.
Rickman, whose distinctive voice always rings in fans’ ears, was also an avid theater enthusiast who reviewed the plays he attended and shared behind-the-scenes stories from the set of Harry Potter, which he was a part of for a decade, 2001 and 2011.
His career had already taken off with performances like Valmont in Dangerous relationships in the Royal Shakespeare Company and in films like Hans Gruber, the villain opposite Bruce Willis in Die hard, when he started to write journals.
His other negative roles include Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, as well as a terrifying Rasputin in the 1995 HBO movie. His other notable roles include Really, Madly, Deep, Sense and Sensibility, and The lunch song.
Rickman made his directorial debut with The winter guest with his Sense and sensitivity star Emma Thompson. He also reunited with Kate Winslet, the film’s other star, in 2015. A little chaos.
He continued to write these diaries until his death.
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