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Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self For a decade, beginning in , an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history In Samuel Pepys , Claire Tomalin offers us a fully realized and richly nuanced portrait of this man, whose inadvertent masterpiece would establish him as the greatest diarist in the English languageAgainst the backdrop of plague, civil war, and regicide, with John Milton composing diplomatic correspondence for Oliver Cromwell, Christopher Wren drawing up plans to rebuild London, and Isaac Newton advancing the empirical study of the world around us, Tomalin weaves a breathtaking account of a figure who has passed on to us much of what we know about seventeenth century London We witness Pepys s early life and education, see him advising King Charles II before running to watch the great fire consume London, learn about the great events of the day as well as the most intimate personal details that Pepys encrypted in the Diary, follow him through his later years as a powerful naval administrator, and come to appreciate how Pepys s singular literary enterprise would in many ways prefigure our modern selves With exquisite insight and compassion, Samuel Pepys captures the uniquely fascinating figure whose legacy lives on than three hundred years after his death


About the Author: Claire Tomalin

Born Claire Delavenay in London, she was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge.She became literary editor of the New Statesman and also the Sunday Times She has written several noted biographies and her work has been recognised with the award of the 1990 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1991 Hawthornden Prize for The Invisible Woman The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens In addition, her biography of Samuel Pepys won the Whitbread Book Award in 2002, the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in 2003, the Latham Prize of the Samuel Pepys Club in 2003, and was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2003.She married her first husband, Nicholas Tomalin, who was a prominent journalist but who was killed in the Arab Israeli Yom Kippur War in 1973 Her second husband is the novelist and playwright Michael Frayn.She is Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature and of the English PEN International PEN.



10 thoughts on “Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

  1. Emma Emma says:

    Whilst I cannot help but admire the amount of work that this book consists of, I can t really say I enjoyed it I am sure historians who are interested in naval details would appreciate it, but for me it was rather too detailed One admires Pepys, he certainly was a warts and all character, but his opinion of the majority of women is hard to read in this day and age I am sure he was typical of many men at that time, but I found his sexual predatory nature rather distr


  2. Willow Willow says:

    This book came up on my recommendation list, and I was like, wow, wait a second, I ve already read this Not to mention, I loved it It s one of my favorite biographies So I thought I would write up a quick review on it What can I say, Pepys is fascinating, and if you are interested in 17th century England, I think reading about him is must I tried to read Pepys diary along with this, but it wasn t easy Pepys had a way of writing everything he was ashamed of in Spanish or Fr


  3. Dana Stabenow Dana Stabenow says:

    Not to be confused with Samuel Johnson, who wrote the dictionary, which I always do No, this book is a biography of Samuel Pepys, who wrote the Diary An up from nothing country boy, Pepys abilities and high placed relatives put him at the center of English history for the last half of of the 1600 s He witnessed the execution of Charles I, rose high in Cromwell s administration, turned his coat when Charles II was restored to the throne and rose even higher, and then backed the wr


  4. Caren Caren says:

    A bit of serendipity brought this book into my hands While visiting my daughter in Oceanside, California over the holidays, she took me to see the public library there, where they have a small ongoing book sale This book, with a picture of a perplexed looking Pepys on the cover, jumped out at me A mere 2 was the price of admission to this richly detailed recreation of seventeenth century England This is not a book to hurry through Rather, I took my time, savoring the fascinating details


  5. Tweedledum Tweedledum says:

    Pepys, what is there to be said that Claire Tomalin and countless others before her have not said I have fallen in love with Pepys diary the diary let it be emphasised NOT the man at the ripe old age of 56 Pepys himself Certainly the diary reveals a character who is somewhat less attractive But then he sought to be completely honest in the diary Perhaps in doing so he succeeded in leaving for all time a self portrait whose honesty few of us would want to emulate Clearly ma Pepys, what is there


  6. Peter Tillman Peter Tillman says:

    This was a start and stop reading experience for me I ve had it out twice from the library It s due back tomorrow, so I m calling it done at about halfway in It s an interesting but frustrating biography For as far as I read, I m giving it 2.5 stars, rounded up an interesting failure What s needed I think, is a short bio of Pepys, like the old Penguin Lives series, and a short history of the Britain of that era Here s a start One was absol This was a start and stop reading experience for me I ve had


  7. Louise Louise says:

    Pepys made his way in interesting times As teenager he skipped school to see King Charles I beheaded and as a young man he learned the ropes of government work under Cromwell He prospered as an official of the Royal Navy under Charles II and James II Through much of this career, unbeknownst to family, friends and colleagues, he kept a diary which provides a description of his times, but also, a portrait of himself with candor and self awareness lacking in other diaries of the period.Besides Pepys made his w


  8. Ed Ed says:

    This is an extraordinary book, am almost perfect melding of author and subject Claire Tomalin s admiration for Pepys is based on his genius as a diarist and she feels his secret masterpiece he wrote many of the pages in shorthand of his own making puts him on the level of Milton, Bunyan, Dickens and Proust While she makes a point that the years not described in the diary haven t been adequately covered everything but 1660 to 1669 it is clearly her intention to direct readers to The Diar This is an extraordinary bo


  9. William Ramsay William Ramsay says:

    This is an excellent biography of a very interesting man Pepys pronounced Peeps is remembered in history as the perhaps greatest diarist who ever lived He kept a secret diary in shorthand and in it recorded all that he saw, felt, and did for ten years from his mid twenties to his mid thirties He was the son of a modest tailor, but is brilliance was obvious from a young age and he he was helped to an education and a career by a rich cousin He lived from the time of Oliver Cromwell to to This is an excellent biography of a


  10. Always Pink Always Pink says:

    Tomalin clearly loves her subject She must have digested a whole shipload of material to be able to fill in all the gaps the great diarist left in his own erudite description of his life A must read for anyone embarking on the long journey of Pepys diary and for all us others who do not feel quite up to the task, but want to know what all the fuss is about Tomalin gives a clearsighted account of the man s character, his career and political shenanigans and she does not shy away from his less Tomalin clearly loves her subject Sh


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