Books: Careerist Pepys

SAMUELS PEPYS : THE YEARS of PERIL —Arthur Bryant—Macmillan ($3.50).

Because Samuel Pepys took snapshots of himself in various revealing postures and the negatives were discovered and developed by a delighted posterity, the present-day world can never take him with half the seriousness his fellow Englishmen did. Had it not been for the discovery and translation of his shorthand diaries, on the other hand, he might have been buried forever in a respectable obscurity. With a laudable desire to play down Pepys's human frailty, to play up his first-rate abilities. Author Bryant is trying...

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