BOOKS: CHILD OF THE CENTURY

EDWARD ROBB ELLIS BEGAN WRITING A DIARY IN 1927 AND NEVER STOPPED. NOW IT PROVIDES A UNIQUE CHRONICLE OF OUR ERA

Compared with Edward Robb Ellis, Samuel Pepys was a man of few words. In the nine years (1660-69) covered by his famous diary, Pepys produced about 1,250,000 words. That would be a mere warm-up lap for Ellis. In 67 years of recording his life and era, he has filled 35,000 or so pages with more than 20 million words, thereby gaining entry to the Guinness Book of World Records as author of the world's largest diary.

Not to mention one of the best--and most idiosyncratic. Columnist Pete Hamill, in a glowing introduction to the first volume of excerpts from this work...

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