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The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume II - 1661: 1661 v. 2 Paperback – 26 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New Ed edition (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004990226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004990224
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Latham-Matthews transcription of Pepys' Diary is one of the glories of contemporary English publishing.' The Times 'The pleasure of Pepys -- of reading him -- is his own pleasure in experience! Pepys' Diary is the cheerful self-report, not of the man eminent in naval history, not of the historical witness, but of the unobjectionable hedonist.' Guardian 'Here, in one of the finest feats in all the long history of scholarship, is Pepys' Diary, once and for all. Exegi monumentum aere perennius.' Observer 'The editors have achieved the impossible! one can now read the Diary perfectly easily, month by month, year by year! here at last is a really learned edition where the learning is put at the disposal of the layman.' New Statesman 'It isn't often that one encounters a publication -- especially of this magnitude -- which achieves complete perfection, but there is no doubt that this does.' Sir Arthur Bryant

About the Author

Robert Latham, cbe, ma, fba -- Fellow and Pepys Librarian, Magdalene College, Cambridge, and formerly reader in History, Royal Holloway College, University of London. William Matthews, ma, ph.d, d.lett -- Late Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles, and Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London.


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Format: Paperback
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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I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Hatty Naylor's skilful adaptation of Pepys' diaries ever since I first heard it on Radio 4 extra.

The dialogue between the actors comes across very naturally, and it is very easy to identify with Samuel, his lovely wife, Elizabeth and their household, family and friends. Pepys seems to have popped up everywhere as a bystander to a great many historical events and from a historical perspective, that's very interesting. However, the minutiae of the daily lives of Samuel, Elizabeth, his 'boy Will' and their 'wench' Jane is extremely entertaining, and shows that times may have changed, but human nature is still more or less the same.

Wonderful to listen to whilst baking in the kitchen, or on a long car journey. An excellent buy.
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Buy this it is very informative about our history and very interesting too. A fine bunch of actors especially Krtis Marshall as Pepys and Katherine Jakeways as his wife. I fully recommend this 11 CD (running time 12 hours 15 minutes) .
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I have always wanted to read Pepys diary specifically the entries about the plague years and the great fire of London. For these two topics alone this was worth reading. You get a real sense of the fear and emotion of the time. I loved it when Pepys described burying his wine, money and parmesan cheese in the ground to protect it from the fire.

On the down side it's still a diary and not everything is interesting so some bits can be dull from time to time. Overall this is an ideal book for anyone interested in this period and looking at the day to day life in 17th century England.
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Format: Paperback
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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Samuel Pepys is a human, funny, moody man who has his ups and downs like the rest of us. His narrative during the plague records his concern about neighbors, and his real sorrow when people he knows succumb to it. He also records his experiences during the great fire of London in 1666 and his first mention of it strikes me as entirely human - he says that his maids wake him as they have heard of the fire and as it is not near his doorstep he simply goes back to bed as he's tired. He has arguments with his wife, and has cast a lusty eye upon the kings mistress for years! He also has, what I call 'mini affairs' where he kisses and fondles women quite regularly, (including his own maids) and seems to have no guilt about this whatsoever. Most mornings he 'drinks' his breakfast and at one point is outraged that his new wig is teeming with nits! An historical and very human read. Makes me realise that after 450 years we are all no different at all
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Of course this classic 1875 text is fabulous, but someone hasn't thought about readability on the kindle, and this kindle edition is made unreadable by the insertion of the original 1875 footnotes in with the text. Very, very bad. My advice - spend a quid and get a better edition.
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This audio book originally produced for BBC Radio is just 100 per cent fantastic. I cannot fault it at all. It has to be possibly the best way to learn about, or experiencing the Diary of Pepeys.
The actual Diary is of course of immense historical importance. It gives us a detailed eye witness account of life in 17th Century London. It gives us historical detail of events of the time. It also gives us a very ordinary and human account of Samuel’s life during the 1660s. We get an account not only of historic and political social issues, and the work that Samuel was doing, but also an account of a very personal home life with his wife and servants.
The dramatisation is excellent with actors, music and sound effects that help us to really connect with the times.
The Diary, and therefore the story covers the 1660s and covers the historic events of the Restoration, The second Dutch War, the Plague and the great fire of London. The account is often very funny as well. Pepys kept his Diary from the beginning of 1660 until May 1669 when he has to stop because of failing eye sight. Throughout these entries we get to know his home life and his wife Elizabeth. In this audio version of the book the end of 1669 is taken up with Elizabeth’s attempts on keeping a Diary and some brief extracts from Samuel’s personal letters that helps to finish off the decade and give us a conclusion.
The whole project is just brilliant and it is easily a book to read again and again. This version of the Diary is also I believe an excellent educational tool on the subject because of its engaging nature.
Highly recommended all round. There are eleven discs, and on average each disc concentrates on one year.
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