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Record 14890

Reading Experience:

'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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 26 May 2020

Additional comments:

co-author of text: Jean L'Ange



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