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Book Title: The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary|
The author of the book: Samuel Pepys
Edition: University of California Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1978
ISBN 13: 9780520036338
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With his unquenchable joy in life and his endless curiosity, Pepys is the perfect diarist for the general reader. In his pages the public events of London in the 1660s - the politics of the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Plague, the Great Fire - are interwoven with a richly diverting account of his colourful private life. Perhaps no one else in the whole of English history has transmitted his experience so vividly to posterity.
Pepys's diary has long been recognized as the most remarkable diary in the English language, but it has been impossible until our own day to print it as he wrote it. Very little scholarly work had been done on it, and legal restrictions prevented the publication of its frankest passages, in which Pepys describes his vigorous love life. In 1960, however, two scholars set to work afresh on a study of the manuscript - the late Professor William Matthews, the leading expert on the shorthand in which the diary was written, and Robert Latham, an authority on the history of the period. Together they worked out a new version of the text which was published in 9 volumes, making Pepys available to the public in full for the first time.
This edition - lavishly illustrated from a wealth of contemporary material - is meant for the reader who will welcome the chance of having a representative selection. It contains about one-twelfth of the original 1,300,000 words and is so designed that the flavour and variety of the original is retained.
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Read information about the authorSamuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.
The detailed private diary he kept during 1660–1669 was first published in the nineteenth century, and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.
His surname is usually pronounced /'pi:ps/ ('peeps').
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