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The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume I - 1660: 1660 v. 1
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2013
Contrary to the previous review, I can assure you that this (the Latham/Matthews edition) is the unedited, uncensored, complete version. The reason for the confusion is that the Amazon 'Look Inside' feature on this product page is currently taking you to a different, earlier version (Wheatley) which did have passages and words censored which Wheatley thought could not possibly be printed. You can verify this by going to Look Inside and checking the front cover - you will see it is not the Latham/Matthews version.

If you want the complete, uncensored Pepys don't worry, this is the only edition to get - all nine volumes of it (11 with the index and commentary). Highly recommended.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2005
There could never be a better translation and publication of Pepys' wonderful diary. Lanthem and Matthews have put a lot of time into translating this series.
In the first book there is an introduction of several essays - a short biographical piece and information on the use the diary has for both literature and history, as well as a history of previous publications of the diary. These come in very useful and are also extremly interesting foreground reading before beginning the actual diary itself.
The editors explain how they have translated the diaries and the difficulties and have tried to present the diary how Pepys' would have wanted it. They have tried to make it authentic as possible - only changing bits they absolutely have to and the reader is always informed of such changes.
Pepys is an extremly important part of English history as he was witness to the restoration of the king after the death of Cromwell as well as the plague and the fire of London. His diary is wider then that - it is a record of humanity. It is unique in that it is very honest - a graphic detailed account on a man's life both public and private.
Such history from a first hand account and not regergitated by modern day historians is invaluable for anyone interested in the history during this period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
I am setting out to get complete set of Pepys Diaries. Yet another good buy, arrived promptly in good condition. Great way to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2014
Exactly what I was looking for, thank you!
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My wife was delighted with this book.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you buy the 10 paperback versions of The Diary Of Samuel Pepys it will cost you approximately £120 (Jan 2012), whereas if you buy a Kindle for £89 and download the complete and unabridged Diary of Samuel Pepys from the Kindle Store for £1.30 you will save £30. Or you can do as I did and buy one paperback a month!

I would also recommend Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self as a good background read before tackling the full diaries.
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on 11 June 2015
Brand new book
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12 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2011
My test for completeness. On page 196 of the look inside, instead of a reference to... excrement... in traditional Anglo Saxon four letter form, I find the October 20th 1660 entry contains an emptiness; a series of dashes; an 'ole. The t***ds can not be left out of the 17th century! It can't be done! I want my Pepys complete, in all its sticky brown glory. I am not buying this until someone can assure me that the seventeenth century has not been cleaned and sanitised and whitewashed. The seventeenth century did not contain clean, white gaps where words, or t***ds should lie!
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on 11 March 2015
Excellent
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2014
I would willingly pay for a proper uncensored Kindle edition! The various free editions are mainly the versions that 19th Century clergymen could bring themselves to put into print - If it says "complete", it should mean complete!

A very frustrating read (albeit fascinating)
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