Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys

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A full-scale biography of naval administrator Samuel Pepys, more well-known for being the friend of the famous and powerful, this text, which draws on Pepys own personal diary, covers his childhood and young adulthood. It moves through the famous diary years and beyond, to the death of his wife and the setting up of a new household. While using the diary as a source, the author goes beyond its narrative to the inner man, at the same time revealing life as a young man in Restoration London. Explored within are Pepys relations with women, his fears and ambitions, his political shifts and his agonies and delights.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2002
ISBN: 9780670885688
0670885681
Branch Call Number: 941.066092/PEP -T 4565 1

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reynpa Dec 22, 2011

Absolutely fascinating. Pepys was a singular character, but the book's greatest richness is its detailed portrait of 17th century upper middle class life in London. I found myself constantly surprised by ithe sophistication of the place, and riveted to read about a great city in its formative years.

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