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Samuel Pepys

Author : Claire Tomalin
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 530 pages
File Size : 40,71 MB
Release : 2007-12-18
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0307427595

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For a decade, beginning in 1660, 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 language. Against 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 more than three hundred years after his death.

The Shorter Pepys

Author : Samuel Pepys
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 1164 pages
File Size : 12,58 MB
Release : 1985-01-01
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 9780520034266

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Selections from Samuel Pepys' diary offers a vivid picture of seventeenth century British life, and are accompanied by background information concerning his life and times

The Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

Author : Samuel Pepys
Publisher : DigiCat
Page : 2865 pages
File Size : 35,74 MB
Release : 2022-05-28
Category : History
ISBN :

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Samuel Pepys was an English diarist and naval administrator whose private diary that Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 (yet first published in the 19th century) is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. Besides personal revelations like court intrigue, gossip, living conditions, weather, diet, counterfeiting, public hangings, it also contains eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.

A Life of My Own

Author : Claire Tomalin
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 352 pages
File Size : 24,11 MB
Release : 2018-08-21
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0399562923

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Esteemed biographer and legendary literary editor Claire Tomalin's stunning memoir of a life in literature “[An] intelligent and humane book…There is genuine appeal in watching this indomitable woman continue to chase the next draft of herself." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times In A Life of My Own, the renowned biographer of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, and former literary editor for the Sunday Times reflects on a remarkable life surrounded by writers and books. From discovering books as a form of escapism during her parents' difficult divorce, to pursuing poetry at Cambridge, where she meets and marries Nicholas Tomalin, the ambitious and striving journalist, Tomalin always steered herself towards a passionate involvement with art. She relives the glittering London literary scene of the 1960s, during which Tomalin endured her husband's constant philandering and numerous affairs, and revisits the satisfaction of being commissioned to write her first book, a biography of the early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. In biography, she found her vocation. However, when Nick is killed in 1973 while reporting in Israel, the mother of four put aside her writing to assume the position of literary editor of the New Statesman. Her career soared when she later moved to the Sunday Times, and she tells with dazzling candor of this time in her life spent working alongside the literary lights of 1970s London. But, the pain of her young daughter's suicide and the challenges of caring for her disabled son as a single mother test Claire's strength and persistence. It is not until later in life that she is able to return to what gave her such purpose decades ago, writing biographies, and finds enduring love with her now-husband, playwright Michael Frayn. Marked by honesty, humility, and grace, rendered in the most elegant of prose, A Life of My Own is a portrait of a life, replete with joy and heartbreak. With quiet insight and unsparing clarity, Tomalin writes autobiography at its most luminous, delivering an astonishing and emotionally-taut masterpiece.

The Invisible Woman

Author : Claire Tomalin
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 368 pages
File Size : 36,54 MB
Release : 2012-08-29
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0307822397

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Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record. In this remarkable work of biography and scholarly reconstruction, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of history, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place, but also providing a compelling portrait of the great Victorian novelist himself. The result is a thrilling literary detective story and a deeply compassionate work that encompasses all those women who were exiled from the warm, well-lighted parlors of Victorian England.

The Illustrated Pepys

Author : Samuel Pepys
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 268 pages
File Size : 23,91 MB
Release : 1983-01-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780520051133

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The social life and customs of 17th Century England are vividly portrayed in these extracts from the diary of Samuel Pepys.

Thomas Hardy

Author : Claire Tomalin
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 536 pages
File Size : 23,85 MB
Release : 2007-01-18
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1101201924

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"A masterful portrait" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer, and author of A Life of My Own. The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover's shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy challenged the sexual and religious conventions of his time in his novels and then abandoned fiction to reestablish himself as a great twentieth-century lyric poet. In this acclaimed new biography, Claire Tomalin, one of today's preeminent literary biographers, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.

The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Author : Margaret Willes
Publisher : Yale University Press
Page : 351 pages
File Size : 38,39 MB
Release : 2017-01-01
Category : Cabinet officers
ISBN : 0300221398

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Introduction: curiouser and curiouser -- 'The world do not grow old at all' -- Two worlds -- The decade of the diaries -- Prodigious revolutions -- 'Even private families are ... the best of governments' -- Private lives -- 'I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure' -- Take nobody's word for it -- Pleasure above all things -- Hortulan affairs -- Exotic extravagances -- The affection which we have to books -- Epilogue: and so to bed -- Appendix: the true domestick intelligence