The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Modern Library Classics) (Abridged / Paperback)

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By Samuel Pepys, Richard Le Gallienne (Editor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Introduction by)
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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.”

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…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812970715
ISBN-10: 0812970713
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: September 9th, 2003
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics