Books: Pepys Lives!

THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS. VOL. VI: 1665,

VOL. VII: 1666

A new and complete transcription edited by ROBERT LATHAM and WILLIAM MATTHEWS University of California Press. $25 the pair.

Broach a barrel of oysters, call for sack—be merry, mighty merry! To read Samuel Pepys again in this new edition is a celebration.

March 17, 1666, Pepys commissioned his portrait from the painter John Hayls in Westminster: "I sit to have it full of shadows, and do almost break my neck looking over my shoulder to make the posture for him to work by." The portrait survives. The deep-cut frown line marks an appetite...

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