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Today marks the 379th anniversary of the birth of the English diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703).  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 — Pepys’ writings, an inadvertent masterpiece, would establish him as the greatest diarist in the English language.

Check out Claire Tomalin’s magnificent biography of Pepys.  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 an account of a figure who has passed on to us much of what we know about 17th-century London.

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