The man who studied himself

Claire Tomalin Samuel Pepys (Viking, October, &#163;20, 0670885681)</p><p>
Claire Tomalin, biographer of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft, has taken the 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys as her latest subject.</p><p>
"I do think that Pepys' diary is one of the most extraordinary pieces of writing in the English language. From the very first page, where Pepys writes about the political situation and his wife not having her period in the same paragraph, his openness is really something that has not been paralleled.</p><p>
"The shape of his life is fascinating: Pepys grew up under Crom...

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