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The Diary of Samuel Pepys

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys

By Samuel Pepys; Richard Le Gallienne (Editor); Richard Le Gallienne (Preface by)

Modern Library, Paperback, Abridged, 9780812970715, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2003

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.

About the Author
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."

Praise For The Diary of Samuel Pepys

“One of our greatest historical records . . . a major work of English literature.” —Paul Johnson