The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Pepys Anthology

Pepys, Samuel; Latham, Robert [Editor]; Latham, Linnet [Editor];

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The perfect introduction to the Diary of Samuel Pepys, with Diary extracts arranged by subject.

In this short anthology, selected from Samuel Pepys’s famous Diary, passages are collected together by subject, providing a fresh look at some of the themes that run through the massive complete work. Robert and Linnet Latham’s lively and skilful presentation allows the reader to become absorbed in a single topic without interruption, often providing new insight into Pepys’s private and public life.

We see Pepys the man of fashion, the booklover, the musician, the theatre-goer, Pepys the husband and Pepys the public servant, at work and at leisure. From festivals such as Christmas and Twelfth Night, enjoyed with family and friends, to the great events such as the Fire and the Plague described so vividly in the Diary, Pepys’s life and times are revealed in all their richness and variety.

And for the first time, we can read as continuous narrative some of the stories interwoven with daily events – the long entangled saga of his affair with Deb Willet and the tale of the Dancing Master.

For anyone unfamiliar with Pepys, this anthology will serve as a delightful introduction, while lovers of the Diary will take pleasure in rediscovering favourite passages.

From the Inside Flap: The diary which Samuel Pepys kept from January 1660 to May 1669 ...is one of our greatest historical records and... a major work of English literature, writes the renowned historian Paul Johnson. A witness to the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, Pepys chronicled the events of his day. Originally written in a cryptic shorthand, Pepys's diary provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues and naval, church, and cultural affairs, as well as a quotidian journal of daily life in London during the Restoration.

In 1825, when Pepys's memoirs were first published, Francis Jeffrey of The Edinburgh Review declared, "We can scarcely say that we wish it a page shorter... it is very entertaining thus to be transported into the very heart of a time so long gone by; and to be admitted into the domestic intimacy, as well as the public councils of a man of great activity and circulation in the reign of Charles II." Edited and abridged by literary critic and author Richard Le Gallienne, this edition features an Introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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