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The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Companion v. 10 [Hardcover]

Samuel Pepys , Robert Latham
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23 Feb 1983
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' original as possible.
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  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Bell & Hyman Ltd; 1st edition (23 Feb 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713519932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713519938
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.6 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Pepys] was not only Charles II's chief naval administrator, but a keen amateur of learning and an indefatigable enthusiast of politics, music, theater, women, life. He sets down his daily experience with a journalist's eye for detail, something of a novelist's sensitivity and, since he is writing for himself, a delightful frankness."--"Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this with volume 1 7 Jan 2012
By John Meanwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
One would normally purchase all ten volumes at the same time and would therefore have this companion volume to hand. If you are planning to purchase all ten volumes separately, I would suggest also buying this volume at the same time as the first. The alternative is to sit at a computer typing in the names you come across into an Internet search engine to find out who they are and how they relate to Pepys at the time.

I would also recommend Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin for a good background read before starting the diaries themselves.
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Samuel Pepys is actually a very interesting character. He shows himself in a real and honest way (presumuably not realizing that it was going to be published one day!) He is a rogue towards his wife and tries to be successful in his business dealings (although I think there were slightly shady deals on a regular basis), but keen to get known and respected in the right circles. He goes drinking a lot (people never change)then gets bad hangovers the next morning and promises himself not to do it again, which he obviously does! He realizes that if he is to improve his lot in life he has to more restrained and as the years pass he increases his financial situation and becomes independent of his benefactor. He records his reactions to the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London and the restoration of the monarchy, becoming increasingly frustrated with the behaviour of the King. Worth reading, just for interests sake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of Samuel Pepys-Vol. X - Companion 2 July 2006
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It is kind of hard to match up these reviews of the Pepys' Diary with specific volumes, probably due to the nature of ISBN numbers. However, this review is about Volume 10, the Companion to the 10 vol. set of paperbacks (complete edition) by the University of California Press. IT IS a valuable book indeed, being 1700 entries, alphabetically arranged, on the details about the people and places mentioned in the Diary. It has 626 numbered pages and genealogical tables and maps.
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