Enter the life and remarkable times of the lovable Samuel Pepys (pronounced “peeps”). Born in London in 1633, the son of a tailor, he began keeping a diary on January 1, 1660, and continued for nine years, faithfully recording the rich and varied details of 17th-century London life. Writing in a form of shorthand—which was not deciphered until 1825—he also painted a vivid picture of Pepys the man.
In entries from 1660 through 1663, Pepys strives to establish himself in his career and in society. His unforgettable eyewitness accounts of the Plague and the Great Fire of London follow. The last diaries, dated 1667 through 1669, Pepys is enjoying his position as a surveyor-general in the Royal Navy—and having an affair with his wife’s servant. Uniquely uninhibited, deeply personal, full of wit and style, Pepy's Diary is a biographical masterpiece.
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Reader KENNETH BRANAGH has directed and acted in films including Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V. He founded the Renaissance Theatre Company and has also starred in award-winning productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company.From AudioFile:
The diary of Sameul Pepys (1633-1703) is a remarkable document that provides not only a glimpse into the life of a man who was at once intelligent, sensitive, and mundane, but also a window on life in seventeenth-century England. The selections in this recording include Pepys's reflections on Shakespeare, his account of the Great Plague and Great Fire of London, an explanation for how and why he beats his servants, and a description of the quality of his bowel movements. Kenneth Branagh is marvelous, matching his narrative style to suit the nature of the entry--a sexual indiscretion gets a lascivious tone; a secret gets a whisper. Listeners will feel like they're eavesdropping. D.B. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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