Sunday, February 04, 2007

Who is Samuel Pepys?

"Saw a wedding in the church. It was strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition. "

-Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys lived in England during the 17th Century. For ten years he recorded a daily account of his life. The Diary is available in its full text online. I had the good fortune of finding an unwanted copy of his biography (by Claire Tomalin) in my building's lobby. The ability to relate so easily to a man who lived hundreds of years ago is the mark of a good biographer and the sign of a timeless individual. Pepys' Diary has striking stylistic similarities to my own 'Recounting of Daily Activities'. Granted, Pepys wrote with a candor which would not transfer well to online media (unless of course, I wrote under a pseudonym). He also lived during a time of social uheaval. A period in English history when Cromwell went out of power and Charles returned to the thrown.


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