Richard Le Galliennea??s elegant abridgment of the Diary captures the essential writings of Samuel Pepys (1633a??1703), a remarkable man who witnessed the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666. Originally scribbled in a cryptic shorthand, Pepysa??s quotidian journal of life in Restoration London provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues; naval, church, and cultural affairs; and the sexual escapades and domestic strife of a man with a voracious, childlike appetite for living. a??As a human document the Diary is literally unique,a?? notes Le Gallienne. a??It will have a still greater value for its historical importance.a??