Books: And So to Bed

THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS Edited by Robert Latham and William Matthews; University of California; 11 volumes; $320


Edited by Robert Latham; University

of California; 240 pages; $15.95

The young servant was "mighty pretty," thought Samuel Pepys, and it was not long before his wife "did find me embracing the girl con my hand sub su coats." In that babel of cryptic foreign words, inscribed in an equally cryptic shorthand, Pepys confided to his diary all the earthiest details of his rakish life in London in the 1660s. There was plenty to...

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