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Secrecy, Scheming, and Samuel Pepys’s Diary

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Annual Will & Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture –

Samuel Pepys began his diary of the 1660s in shorthand, a measure designed to protect its contents from prying eyes in dangerous times. This proved a wise move, for, as a rising man in Restoration London, his journal was to be full of his private schemes, good and bad. The ‘bad’ make for impressive reading; they include adulterous designs, corrupt dealings, and Machiavellian ploys designed to advance him in Charles II’s government. Pepys’ frankness has made him a key source on late seventeenth-century society, yet his diary also shows him to be a man with a growing talent for duplicity. Through the themes of secrecy and plotting, this talk by Dr. Kate Loveman (Associate Professor in English Literature 1600-1789, University of Leicester) examines the diary’s role in Pepys’ schemes and its value as a source on his society.

Advance registration is required. Please click here to complete the short registration form. No fee. Limited seating.

Details

Date:
April 19
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Website:
http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/secrecy-shaming-pepys-diary-loveman/

Organizer

CMRS
Phone:
310-825-1880
Email:
cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu
Website:
cmrs.ucla.edu

Venue

UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095
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