His diaries up to the winter of 1917 which he revised and corrected prior to publication were eventually published in march 1919 under the title the journal of a disappointed manhe chose the pseudonym wnp barbellion to protect the identities of his family and friends he chose the forenames wilhelm nero and pilate as his examples of the most wretched men ever to have lived. From the journal of a disappointed man key themes work from the journal of a disappointed man is one of the few poems within the poems of the decade anthology which has a key theme of work there is direct consideration of how work can impact an individual and also the way that the type of work can be seen and understood by others. Wilhelm nero pilate barbellion was the nom de plume of bruce frederick cummings an english diarist who was responsible for the journal of a disappointed man ronald blythe called it among the most moving diaries ever created cummings was born in barnstaple in 1889. The journal of a disappointed man item preview remove circle share or embed this item embed embed for wordpresscom hosted blogs and archiveorg item description tags want more advanced embedding details examples and help favorite share flag . The journal of a disappointed man was well received and had four repeat impressions within a year and continuing demand saw it republished as a pocket classic in 1984 it raised public awareness of multiple sclerosis emphasised the need for research into its causes and treatment and paved the way for supporting organisations such as the ms
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