The Journal of a Disappointed Man by W.N.P. Barbellion (eBook)

“…among the most moving diaries ever created.” Ronald Blythe

W.N.P. Barbellion’s Journal is one of the great diaries and caused a sensation when first published. Begun when its author was 13 years old, the Journal at first catalogues his misadventures in the Devon countryside – collecting birds’ eggs, spying girls through binoculars – but evolves into a deeply moving account of his struggle with multiple sclerosis. Yet, for all its excruciating honesty, W.N.P. Barbellion has an extraordinary lust for life. This cult classic was compared to both Joyce and  Kafka on publication in 1919, the year of his death.

EBook edition: Once purchased, you can download the zip file which contains three files: ePub (Most common ebook format), PDF (accessible file format) and Mobi (Amazon kindle devices).




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Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion was the nom-de-plume of Bruce Frederick Cummings (7 September 1889 – 22 October 1919), an English diarist. Having worked at the Natural History Museum from a young age, he was rejected by the British Army in 1915, as he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, which he had not previously known. He derived his pseudonym by taking the first names of three famous failures and the surname from a sweet shop in Bond Street, London. 


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