The Diary of Samuel Pepys
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The Diary of Samuel Pepys

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Richard Le Gallienne's elegant abridgment of the Diary captures the essential writings of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), a remarkable man who witnessed the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666. Originally scribbled in a cryptic shorthand, Pepys's quotidian journal of life in Restoration London provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues; naval, church, and cultural affairs; and the sexual escapades and domestic strife of a man with a voracious, childlike appetite for living. "As a human document the Diary is literally unique," notes Le Gallienne. "It will have a still greater value for its historical importance."
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 136 x 204 x 19mm | 258g
  • Modern Library Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged ed
  • 0812970713
  • 9780812970715
  • 97,367

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Richard Le Gallienne's elegant abridgment of the "Diary captures the essential writings of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), a remarkable man who witnessed the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666. Originally scribbled in a cryptic shorthand, Pepys's quotidian journal of life in Restoration London provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues; naval, church, and cultural affairs; and the sexual escapades and domestic strife of a man with a voracious, childlike appetite for living. "As a human document the "Diary is literally unique," notes Le Gallienne. "It will have a still greater value for its historical importance."
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"One of our greatest historical records . . . a major work of English literature." -Paul Johnson
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"One of our greatest historical records . . . a major work of English literature." --Paul Johnson
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About Samuel Pepys

Richard Le Gallienne (1867-1947) was one of Britain's leading literary critics. His abridgment of The Diary of Samuel Pepys is considered a triumph of editing. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is one of the most widely read and admired novelists of the nineteenth century.
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