Description or summary of the book: 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.'
Estimated reading time (average reader): 25H27M11S
Other categories, genre or collection: Modern History To 20th Century: C 1700 To C 1900, Biography: Historical, Political & Military, Biography: Literary, Diaries, Letters & Journals, British & Irish History, Literary Studies: General, Literary Studies: C 1500 To C 1800, Early Modern History: C 1450/1500 To C 1700
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