London: The diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman, known for the “Harry Potter”, “Die Hard” and “Love, Actually” film franchises, will be published in book form at the end of 2022. According to The Guardian, the 27 volumes of handwritten journals, spanning over 25 years of Rickman’s life and career, will come together in one book.
The acclaimed film and theater actor, best known for playing Professor Severus Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, has written on everything from his thoughts on acting to ideas about friendships and politics in his newspapers. 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.
Publisher Canongate acquired the rights to the book, which would be titled “The Diaries of Alan Rickman”. It will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor-in-chief of the Scottish Review of Books, who has 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 looks forward to the book. “I am delighted that Canongate publishes Alan’s diaries and I could not have wished for a better publishing date than Alan Taylor. Newspapers don’t just reveal 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 still resonates in fans’ ears, was also a theater enthusiast who re-watched 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. , between 2001 and 2011.
His career had already taken off with performances like Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in films like Hans Gruber, the villainous opposite Bruce Willis in “Die Hard”, when he started writing magazines. . His other negative roles include the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, as well as a terrifying Rasputin in the 1995 HBO movie.
Her 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 “A Little Chaos” in 2015.
He continued to write these diaries until his death.