The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Companion

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University of California Press, Jan 26, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 639 pages
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Samuel Pepys is as much a paragon of literature as Chaucer and Shakespeare. His Diary is one of the principal sources for many aspects of the history of its period. In spite of its significance, all previous editions were inadequately edited and suffered from a number of omissions—until Robert Latham and William Matthews went back to the 300-year-old original manuscript and deciphered each passage and phrase, no matter how obscure or indiscreet.

The Diary deals with some of the most dramatic events in English history. Pepys witnessed the London Fire, the Great Plague, the Restoration of Charles II, and the Dutch Wars. He was a patron of the arts, having himself composed many delightful songs and participated in the artistic life of London. His flair for gossip and detail reveals a portrait of the times that rivals the most swashbuckling and romantic historical novels. In none of the earlier versions was there a reliable, full text, with commentary and notation with any claim to completeness. This edition, first published in 1970, is the first in which the entire diary is printed with systematic comment. This is the only complete edition available; it is as close to Pepys’s original as possible.
  

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Contents

The Admiralty I
1
Art and Architecture
10
Books
34
The Chatham Chest
59
CoffeeHouses
70
The Diary and Related Manuscripts
89
Dress and Personal Appearance
98
Drink
104
Language
217
Music
258
The Navy
282
The Navy Board
291
The Navy Office
298
The Pepys Family
314
The Plague
328
Plays
337

The Dutch Wars
110
The Exchequer
124
Finances
138
Funerals
152
Gunpowder Plot Day
163
Health
172
Domestic Servants
193
Postal Services
343
Map of Pepyss journeys to and from
450
Whitehall Palace conjectural plan
477
EDITORIAL ABBREVIATIONS
494
LARGE GLOSSARY
565
CHRONOLOGY
623
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

Robert Latham was Pepys Librarian at Magdalene College, Cambridge. In addition to editing the eleven volumes of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, he was the editor of the acclaimed Shorter Pepys (1985) and A Pepys Anthology (1988), both published by University of California Press. William Matthews was Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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