Historical Context

The English Civil War
The seventeenth century witnessed many governmental changes for England. The first war, which began the...

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Literary Style

Pepys narrates his memoirs in an honest reporting style noted by critics as unlike any other diary in history. Pepys...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Coote, Stephen, Samuel Pepys: A Life, Palgrave, 2001, pp. 65, 81, 104.

Gosse, Edmund, ‘‘Prose...

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Morshead, O. F. Introduction to The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Selections, edited by O. F. Morshead. New York: Harper & Row, 1960. Offers a brief biography of Pepys and his family, a publishing history of the diaries, and commentary on the diaries’ content. Notes Pepys’ energy, his artless style, and his surprising frankness.

Ollard, Richard. Pepys: A Biography. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974. Offers clarification to readers who need additional information about topics to which the diaries allude. Focuses particularly on Pepys’ politics and his position in the admiralty.

Sutherland, James....

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Compare and Contrast

1660s: London is ravaged by two disasters: the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. London experiences heavy...

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Topics for Further Study

Research the types and styles of entertainment most popular during the 1660s, then compare this to the types of popular entertainment...

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Media Adaptations

The Diary of Samuel Pepys was produced as an audio book in 1996 by the HighBridge Company. The book is read by Kenneth Branagh.

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What Do I Read Next?

Samuel Pepys: The Years of Peril, 1669–1683, by Arthur Bryant, is a book that discusses the next set of historical events after...

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