Fans of the beloved English character actor Alan Rickman will soon get the chance to read his story in his own words.
Macmillan imprint Henry Holt and Company will publish Rickman’s diaries in North America in the autumn of 2022, the publisher announced in a news release. The world English rights to the book were bought by Scottish publisher Canongate.
Holt says the diaries “paint a rare portrait of a world class actor, a tireless political activist, an avid traveler and a devoted friend.”
Rickman, who died in 2016, was known for his portrayals of complex characters as well as his distinctive voice. His first movie role was also perhaps his most iconic one, as the murderous villain Hans Gruber in the iconic 1988 action movie Die Hard.
He was also known for his appearances in Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest, Love Actually, and the Harry Potter films.
Rickman was a prolific diarist, writing 27 volumes of his thoughts. Editor Alan Taylor will edit them into one volume, Holt says.
Literary agent Natalie Galustian, who represents Rickman’s estate, praised him as “one of our most celebrated and beloved actors, as reflected in the overwhelming positive response from publishers.”
“However, Canongate’s hugely impressive pitch and creative vision for the book was knock out,” Galustian said. “On behalf of Alan’s widow Rima and the Rickman estate we are thrilled to be working with Canongate to bring the diaries to life as Alan intended.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.