Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

Author(s): Claire Tomalin


The late seventeenth century saw a revolution in man's thought, as Newton and others began the scientific study of the universe around them. At the same time a shrewd young civil servant in London began to observe, with something of the same dispassionate curiosity, the strange object around which for him, the universe revolved - himself. For ten years, from 1660, Samuel Pepys kept one of the most remarkable records ever made of human life. With astounding candour and perceptiveness he described his ambitions and speculations, his professional successes and failures, his pettiness and meannesses, his tenderness towards his wife and the irritation and jealousies she provoked, his extra-marital longings and fumblings, his coolly critical attitude towards the king he served and his watchful adaptation to the corrupt and treacherous society in which he lived. As one of our foremost literary biographers - the author of such acclaimed books as The Invisible Woman and Jane Austen - Clair Tomalin brings a brilliantly fresh and original eye to a remarkable life. Trade Paperback

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