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Diary of a Nobody (Wordsworth Classics) (original 1892; edition 1994)

by George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith

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Title:Diary of a Nobody (Wordsworth Classics)
Authors:George Grossmith
Other authors:Weedon Grossmith
Info:Wordsworth Editions Ltd (1994), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 176 pages
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Another book that doesn't require a great deal of brainpower. I found myself (figuratively) cheering for pompous, socially clueless Mr. Pooter and his loving wife. ( )
  SylviaC | Nov 24, 2015 |
This is a wonderful little breather from the typical weighty tome on the 1001 Books list. A lighthearted look at urban Victorian everyday life with a character which has had a massive influence on British comedy ever since he was created.

Mr Charles Pooter sees the world in his own unique way. No one else quite gets it nor behaves quite the proper way. This is a constant source of astonishment to Pooter who assumes that they must all be quite mad.

If you’ve read that and are thinking Bertie Wooster, Basil Fawlty, Mr Bean (or even, depending on how broad your appreciation of British humour is, The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass) you’re now beginning to understand the influence that this diary, first serialised in the now defunct satirical magazine Punch, had on British humour. I’m sure that it’s this which gives it its place on the 1001 Books list.

It’s a very easy read. I don’t have a progress chart for this from Goodreads because I read it in practically one sitting cover to cover. Pooter is such an amusing fellow and he manages to conjure the simplest of social affairs into sagas that lag on for days and days.

Throughout the diary is illustrated by Weedon’s characterful pen and ink drawings. With a first name like Weedon, we have a clue as to where his sense of humour came from.

Anyway, I digress. This is a charming read and one which definitely has its place in the seminal history of British humour. ( )
  arukiyomi | Aug 8, 2015 |
A slight book

So much wanted to really like it but it was a disappointment.

Humour was very froll and not much of it.

Happy that it was only 160 pages of easy reading.
Probably would not recommend it to anyone

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  bigship | Jun 14, 2015 |
I found this intermittently funny, but rather one-tone and sad. It is very British in its reliance on themes of social embarrassment and the fear of wearing the wrong clothes or paying the wrong amount. I'm glad it ended well for him, but I'm also glad it ended when it did. ( )
  pgchuis | Feb 9, 2015 |
Gentle humour. Fairly short; can be read in an evening. ( )
  EdmundIrons | Oct 20, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grossmith, GeorgeAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grossmith, WeedonAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Grossmith, WeedonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glinert, EdIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Squire, J. C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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originally appeared in Punch
and is re-published by permission of the publishers
Messrs Bradbury and Agnew
The Diary has been since considerably added to
The excellent title was suggested
by our mutual friend
to whom we have
the great pleasure of dedicating this volume
London, June, 1892
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My dear wife Carrie and I have just been a week in our new house, "The Laurels," Brickfield Terrace, Holloway -- a nice six-roomed residence, not counting basement, with a front breakfast-parlour.
He may wear what he likes in the future, for I shall never drive with him again. His conduct was shocking. When we passed Highgate Archway, he tried to pass everything and everybody. He shouted to respectable people who were walking quietly in the road to get out of the way; he flicked at the horse of an old man who was riding, causing it to rear; and, as I had to ride backwards, I was compelled to face a gang of roughs in a donkey-cart, whom Lupin had chaffed, and who turned and followed us for nearly a mile, bellowing, indulging in coarse jokes and laughter, to say nothing of occasionally pelting us with orange-peel.
"It was mentioned in the Bicycle News."
I told Sarah not to bring up the blanc-mange again for breakfast. It seems to have been placed on our table at every meal since Wednesday… In spite of my instructions, that blanc-mange was brought up again for supper. To make matters worse, there had been an attempt to disguise it, by placing it in a glass dish with jam round it...I told Carrie, when we were alone, if that blanc-mange were placed on the table again I should walk out of the house.
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Channelling a razor-sharp satire through the everyday mishaps of the immortal comic character Mr Pooter, George and Weedon. Grossmith's "The Diary of a Nobody" is edited with an introduction and notes by Ed Glinert in "Penguin Classics". Mr Pooter is a man of modest ambitions, content with his ordinary life. Yet he always seems to be troubled by disagreeable tradesmen, impertinent young office clerks and wayward friends, not to mention his devil-may-care son Lupin with his unsuitable choice of bride. In the bumbling, absurd, yet ultimately endearing character of Pooter, the Grossmith brothers created a wonderful portrait of the class system and the inherent snobbishness of the suburban middle-class suburbia - one which sends up the late Victorian crazes for Aestheticism, spiritualism and bicycling, as well as the fashion for publishing diaries by anybody and everybody. This edition contains the original illustrations by Weedon Grossmith and an introduction by Ed Glinert, author of "The London Compendium", discussing the novel's serialisation in "Punch", the growth of the suburbs and the figure of Mrs Pooter. George Grossmith (1847-1912) initially worked as a journalist, reporting Police Court proceedings for "The Times". In 1870 he began his career as a singer and entertainer, creating some of the most memorable characters in Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas. Weedon Grossmith (1854-1919) brother of George, was educated at the Slade and the Royal Academy with a view to following a career as a painter, and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Academy. Joining a theatre company in 1885, he toured the provinces and America. The best-known of his many plays, "The Night of the Party", was published in 1901. If you enjoyed "The Diary of a Nobody", you might like Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat", also available in "Penguin Classics". "The funniest book in the world." ("Evelyn Waugh"). "True humour ...with its mixture of absurdity, irony and affection ...a masterpiece, immortal." (J.B. Priestley).

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First serialized in Punch in 1888, The Diary of a Nobody is the record of fifteen months in the life of Charles Pooter a mundane and upright city clerk his family, friends, and small circle of acquaintances. It is a humorous record of the manners, customs, and experiences of Londoners in the late-Victorian era. The term Pooterish," which denotes someone who takes himself excessively seriously has remained a part of British parlance ever since. The book itself has never been out of print since its original publication in 1892.… (more)

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