Samuel Pepys The Unequalled Self

ISBN-10: 0375725539

ISBN-13: 9780375725531

Edition: N/A

Authors: Claire Tomalin
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Description: For a decade, beginning in 1660, an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history. In Samuel Pepys, Claire Tomalin offers us a fully realized and richly nuanced portrait of this man, whose inadvertent masterpiece would establish him as the greatest diarist in the English language. Against the backdrop of plague, civil war, and regicide, with John Milton composing diplomatic correspondence for Oliver Cromwell, Christopher Wren drawing up plans to rebuild London, and Isaac Newton advancing the empirical study of the world around us, Tomalin weaves a breathtaking account of a figure who has passed on to us much of what we know about seventeenth-century London. We witness Pepys’s early life and education, see him advising King Charles II before running to watch the great fire consume London, learn about the great events of the day as well as the most intimate personal details that Pepys encrypted in the Diary, follow him through his later years as a powerful naval administrator, and come to appreciate how Pepys’s singular literary enterprise would in many ways prefigure our modern selves. With exquisite insight and compassion, Samuel Pepys captures the uniquely fascinating figure whose legacy lives on more than three hundred years after his death.

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933. She has worked in publishing and journalism all her life, becoming literary editor first of the New Statesman and then of the Sunday Times, which she left in 1986. She is the author of, among other books: The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft; Shelley and His World Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life; The Invisible Woman and the extraordinarily successful biography of Samuel Pepys. Other books written for Penguin are: Jane Austen: A Life and a collection of memoirs entitled Several Strangers.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Pepys Family Tree
The London Dwellings of Samuel Pepys
Huntingdon, Hinchingbrooke and Brampton
List of Principal Figures
Prologue
1633-1660
The Elected Son
A Schoolboy's War: Huntingdon and St. Paul's
Cambridge and Clerking
Love and Pain
A House in Axe Yard
A Diary
1660-1669
Changing Sides
Families
Work
Jealousy
Death and Plague
War
Marriage
The King
The Fire
Three Janes
The Secret Scientist
Speeches and Stories
Surprise and Disorder
1669-1703
After the Diary
Public and Private Life
Plots
Travels for the Stuarts
Whirligigs
The Jacobite
A Journey to Be Made
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Text and Illustrations Permissions
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