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The Diary Of Samuel Pepys - Complete Edition [Annotated] [Kindle Edition]

Samuel Pepys , Steven Algieri
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Samuel Pepys kept his diary from 1660 until 1669. It was first published in the 19th century, and to this day remains as the most important source for the English Restoration period.

It provides a fascinating combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.

This edition has been carefully reformatted for the Kindle. This including :

A simplified index allowing the user to quickly jump to any year and month.
Extracted footnotes - The footnotes, which were previously included in the main text, have been extracted to separate links. This allows the user to read the main text, uncluttered by additional details. The footnotes are a simple click away, allowing the user to quickly continue reading.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3814 KB
  • Print Length: 3232 pages
  • Publisher: ebookworms.co.uk (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C1H9FA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete, but . . . . 3 Aug 2012
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This edition of Samuel Pepys Diary is essentially the 1893 version edited by Henry Wheatley. Much expanded from the 1825 Mynors Bright edition, available for free on Amazon Kindle, it nevertheless relies on that transcript for much of the text.

The only fuller version is the Latham and Matthews edition of the 1970's, not available on Kindle and, being in copyright, much more expensive.

And so in this version all expletives are deleted, censored passages are shown by ..... There are oblique references to Sam's prodigious sexual encounters, but described as if they were scenes from a Gainsborough Picture with Margaret Lockwood. The references to his wife's periods have been omitted, important because they are a childless couple and Sam keeps hoping, and more curiously perhaps so has the pain caused by his inguinal hernia.

As in all transcriptions the editor's word is law and so when he gets it wrong, generations of readers can be misled. An error Mr. Wheatley makes is in the character of Wayneman Birch, (Pepys's boy) who comes to live in the household in 1660 and is the brother of one of the maids already working there. Mr. Wheatley conflates Wayneman with another boy (just known as Will), who earlier in the year is accused of stealing six shillings from a fellow servant and who is, one assumes, dismissed. Thus we get the picture of Wayneman as probably a thief, which colours our judgement of him in the events that follow over the next three years.

Having said all that, this is still a great read, and the world of the 1660's comes alive to us as no other decade out of living memory has, before or since. What a shame that my history teachers in the 1960's were not even one percentage point as good as Sam at bringing history to life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am addicted to my daily dose of Sam! 31 July 2012
By Ingrid
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I've got this on my Kindle. This is a day-by-day diary of Samual Pepys's life. His life at the office, the goings on with the King, the carpenters who are doing his kitchen and the mess is driving him mad, the arguments with his wife, the pleasure it gives him to buy a new suit of clothes or shoes, his hangovers and his vows not to drink again....the anxiety over the will of his uncle who died (some of his relatives were trying to prevent certain things from becoming his property), the time he spent on the Navy ship when the rough sea broke his window and soaked his bed!....the Great Fire, the plague, the list is endless -- I love every word of it and what's wonderful is that I worked in the City of London for years and know all the places he went to - in fact, I used to walk down the very small streets he talks about. His Diary brings it all to life. Priceless!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Diary of Samuel Pepys 18 April 2012
By JulesC
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I am happy with the collected works of Samuel Pepys which I downloaded for my ipad. I would have been even happier if there was a more detailed list of the contents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and always interesting. 1 Nov 2012
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Pepys is an old friend to me, and I was pleased to find a good complete edition for the Kindle. It is well formatted and the annotations work well. I miss the illustrations of the Shepard edition, but one can't have everything.
The complete edition is a very long book - not something that you can read in a couple of days. For this reason it's very useful holiday reading - you'll never get through it too soon - and never lose your place. The diary covers important and well known points in history from the inside - the Restoration of the Monarchy - the Dutch wars - the Plague of London - the Great Fire of London. Amongst this vast framework, by a mixture of dedication, guile and wit, Pepys gradually rises in wealth and status. It's all described in very plain - sometimes crude - terms in this personal record, which was meant for his eyes only.
Excellent value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Diary and Great Format 8 Nov 2012
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Pepys Diary is an old favourite that i can read and read again but I was interested to see how it would work in this new format on my ipad. The answer is totally utterly brilliant

A delight to use. CLear text. Easy to turn pages and it keeps my place from reading to reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wish more people would have a read of this book. Samuel's descriptions of some of the events in his life are hilarious. The Diary gives one a really vivid glimpse into the behaviour of Samuel's "Set" in that century which is so like the present "Set"!
Fabulous and so inexpensive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pepys Fan 16 Jan 2013
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I love books and didn't think a Kindle would be something I would be happy with - I love Pepys and have always enjoyed reading him and now I can read him for next to nothing whilst travelling or in a Waiting Room.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the world through 17C eyes 11 Dec 2013
By Peter
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If you want a sense of what it was like to be alive in London in the mid-17C Pepys' diary is the nearest you will get. It moves from the very personal including his sexual adventures and his delight in his growing wealth to a vivid depiction of huge historical events like the end of the republic and the return of Charles II.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Have read some of his daily entries. Should keep ...
Have read some of his daily entries. Should keep me entertained, and in some respects informed about his times, for years. Moving in parts.
Published 21 hours ago by Dave L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An interesting view of the high society at the end of the Republican era.
Published 22 days ago by Old Bees
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be one of the greatest books ever written
Couldn't put this famous diary down. Must be one of the greatest books ever written. Samuel Pepys in all honesty, and no shying away from his very roguish sexual exploits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by irene hirt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just Fantastic!
Published 1 month ago by Ms H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work at times!
There is a tremendous amount of detail about what he ate and did in his spare time (of which he seems to have had a lot) but not all very rivetting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars History
Absolutely brilliant commentary of his life and the times. Extraordinary honest about his interests: women, the Navy, his King and employers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deirdre Daines
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Pepys gives an interesting window onto 17th century London and the Restoration. It can be repetitive, but there are many nuggets strewn along the way. Worth dipping into.
Published 13 months ago by Doug
1.0 out of 5 stars Classic Diary Butchered by Appalling text errors
I once owned a facsimile copy of this work and so was very excited at having them on Kindle.

My hopes were dashed on the first page when the word 'our' was replaced by... Read more
Published 13 months ago by bog chops
3.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea
I have heard of this book for years and thought I would read it-it was far too slow and so had to put it to one side
Published 14 months ago by A True Yorkshire Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love the Samuel Pepys diaries. They are so historically interesting and I really love reading about his daily life. This is definitely a must-read.
Published 15 months ago by Nell126
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