A Review of The Richard Burton Diaries

Published October 23, 2012
Yale University Press
704 pages

This book covers the diary entries from the time Burton was a teenager living in Wales in the late 1930's until 1983, the year before he died. They reveal his most intimate thoughts-from co-stars, his marriage, children, and the many books he read. The book also has annotations to clarify people, places, and other experiences of his.


I thought the book started off slow, not because of Burton's writing style but because of the same things happening over and over. It picked up during his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor. He wrote his innermost thoughts on his marriage, children, fears, desires, and thoughts on co-workers. He had an engaging writing style. I found him to be intelligent, funny, and somewhat catty. Despite the slow start I enjoyed reading the book. I found him to be an interesting man.

My rating:

* I received a complimentary copy from Yale University Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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