Bibliography and Further Reading
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. English Literature of the Late Seventeenth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969. Examines the subjects of Pepys’ diary and notes his self-analysis and his remarkable honesty.
Taylor, Ivan E. Samuel Pepys. New York: Twayne, 1967. This general introduction to Pepys and his diaries organizes its chapters around the themes of Pepys’ work, including his politics, family life, theatergoing, and womanizing.
Willy, Margaret. English Diarists: Evelyn and Pepys. London: Published for the British Council and the National Book League by Longmans, Green, 1963. Includes a brief sketch of Pepys’ life and a discussion of the scope of his diaries with reference both to what they reveal about his personality and to the historical events they record.