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Samuel Pepys (1633 - 1703)


Samuel Pepys (February 23, 1633 - May 26, 1703) was a 17th century English civil servant, famous for his diary. (His surname was then pronounced "Peeps", although some modern relatives with the name pronounce theirs "Pep-iss".) The diary is a fascinating combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Pepys [Sept 2004]

L'Ecole des Filles

For the wretched and phoney distinction between erotic and pornographic we have DH Lawrence to thank. Lady Chatterley's Lover is organised around his dichotomy between natural lovemaking (the erotic) and mechanical masturbation (the pornographic). It mirrors a traditional way of separating the wheat of the erotic art from the chaff of pornographic rubbish that is centuries old. In 1668 Samuel Pepys picked up a copy of an early erotic novel L'Ecole des Filles. Having read it and pleasured himself, he threw the "idle roguish book" on the fire. --http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/arsssecr.htm [Jan 2005]

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