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Record Number: 14890


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Up, and at my chamber all the morning and the office, doing business and also reading a little of "L'escolle des Filles", which is a mighty lewd book, but yet not amiss for a sober man to read over to inform himself in the villainy of the world.' The previous day Pepys bought the book, writing in his diary: 'which I have bought in plain binding (avoiding the buying of it better bound) because I resolve, as soon as I have read it, to burn it, that it may not stand in the list of books, nor among them, to disgrace them if it should be found.'

Century:

1600-1699

Date:

9 Feb 1668

Country:

England

Time

morning

Place:

city: London
location in dwelling: in his chamber

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Samuel Pepys

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

23 Feb 1633

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Clerk of the Acts, Admiralty

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Michel Millot

Title:

L'escolle des filles, ou La philosophie des dames, divis?e en deux dialogues

Genre:

pornography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

14890

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Pepys

Editor:

Robert Latham

Title:

The diary of Samuel Pepys

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

9

Page:

58

Additional Comments:

Co-editor William Matthews

Citation:

Samuel Pepys, Robert Latham (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys, (London, 1970), 9, p. 58, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=14890, accessed: 13 April 2021


Additional Comments:

co-author of text: Jean L'Ange

   
   
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