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The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Samuel Pepys

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

By: Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (Editor)

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Published: 7th July 2003
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The 1660s represent a turning point in English history, and for the main events - the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Great Plague, the Fire of London - Pepys provides a definitive eyewitness account. Along with lively descriptions of his socializing, his amorous entanglements, his theatre-going & music-making. Unequalled for its frankness, high spirits & sharp observations, the diary is both a literary masterpiece & a marvellous portrait of 17th-century life.

About The Author

Samuel Pepys was born in London in 1633, the son of a tailor. He was educated at St. Paul's School, London, and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1655 he married and in the following year entered the household of his cousin Admiral Edward Montagu. In 1660 he became the Clerk of the Acts to the Navy Board (the same year in which he began his diary). In 1669, the year in which he closed his diary, his wife died. In 1672 he was appointed Secretary to the Admiralty, an appointment he held with one interruption of four years at the end of Charles II's reign until the Glorious Revolution when he retired from public life.

As well as being one of the most important civil servants of his age, he was a widely cultivated man, taking a learned interest in books, music, the theatre, and science. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1684 and later served as President. He died childless in 1703. His contemporary John Evelyn remembered him as 'universally beloved, hospitable, generous, learned in many things'.

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Outstanding value, extensive selection

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Historically Important
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Diary of Samuel Pepys:

    This is a very extensive assembly of the "best bits" of Pepys' diaries. It contains much that readers may not have read before because of previous editors' and publishers' prudery, and displays extensive historical scholarship. The price for this large paperback (over 1,100 pages) is brilliant, especially when one compares other selections and volumes of Pepys material.
    Highly recommended.

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    ISBN: 9780141439938
    ISBN-10: 0141439939
    Series: Penguin Classics Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 1152
    Published: 7th July 2003
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 5.2
    Weight (kg): 0.79