United States of America: Unpublished, 1942. Diary. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #028977
384 hand-numbered pages, of which nearly all are completely full of writings - with only 4 pages not used + (16) pages of printed standard diary information - holidays, birthstones, horoscopes, legal holidays, followed by the diary entries, written in ink or dark pencil, very legibly and in a literate hand; the dates are provided by the owner and ignore the printed dates on the pages. The front endpaper with the ownership notes of 'Franz Friedrich 1934 - 42 - 43 N.Y. (summer address ' 42) Brimfield Street Clinton, N.Y. c/o R.W. Hughes.' The dated entries begin April 5 of 1942 and continue through Sunday June 20 (1943). Some biographical details regarding his early life reveal his birth in Mt. Kisco January 29, 1927, where "…I spent the first seven years of my life in Sunnyside, Long Island. I went to a small progressive school in the winters, except for one year when I went to the little Red School House in New York and spent three of the summers in Camp Housatonic…" He applies for and gets work on a farm and is roughly instructed on his farm chores by the owner and various employees. On July 9, "…I received the shock of my life today. I heard that Bobby (Goldman) was shot and killed instantly. I can hardly imagine it as reality. I got the news form Mother and form Neal who sent letters. I don't yet know quite what to think. He was one of my very best friends…" Later in the year, "…I wrote to both Nick and Irwin and I set before them my plan for writing club. I'll go into that later if it should ever develop. I'm torn between trying to be (a) 16 yr old intellectual or a normal adolescent…" "..In school I am in a group which is going to try and make a sociological study of Croton and also draw up a list of improvements that we believe ought to be made so that Croton will be a better place to live in the post-war world…" The author's comments on the last page: "...I here come to the end of volume one. I have written about 38000 words in about two years - I feel that I have grown tremendously in these two years and I hope that this diary shows that. After all should not a diary be a record of the evolution of an individual with the passage of time. Looking back at myself when I began this diary I feel almost as if I am a different person. I think that writing in this diary has also increased my technical facility over the English language. But I must bring this volume to a close for tomorrow I begin a new phase in my life." According to our research, at least two of Friedrich's friends mentioned here later achieved some notability: Irwin Mann (d. 2013) Mathematician, Economic & System Analyst, Chess, Bridge and Table Tennis Player: Employee at the Marinship Yards, CA; USNR Colorado College; & a V-12 Program Student at Berkeley CA. (and) Nicholas Cave Lindsay (1927 - 1920) asst. professor of English at Goshen College and long-time resident of Edisto Island SC; he was the son of author Vachel Lindsay and shared interest in boat-building with Friedrich. The diary details daily life, much hitch-hiking in and around NY and the city, enjoying time with friends, sporting activities, dating, school and entertainment activities, work and saving money for travel; there is reference to registering with the V-12 program in the U.S. Navy, friends who are returning from overseas combat and references to the wartime economy and various jobs. Laid-in are some ephemeral writings and notes and a 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" snapshot photograph of what appear to be high school seniors (many of whom have signed the back). Also included are a letter with mailer from a friend regarding college applications; a few small name-cards of H.S. friends; drafts of a poem on scrap paper; a mimeographed list of Croton-Harmon High School Croton-on-Hudson New York Senior Class 1943-44; another mimeo'd folding performance brochure for "Brother Goose" presented by the Senior Class; a handwritten "List of things to be done to my boat next spring"; and a couple of penciled names & addresses of friends in England. Approx. 4 1/2" x 6" size; titled in "Five Year Diary" in faded gilt; with a decorated metallic locking hasp; the wraparound 'tongue' has popped loose, and the diary easily opens. Hardcover, noted as "Genuine Leather" on the front endpaper edge; all edges gilt. Some dustiness and wear; in very good condition.