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