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George Grossmith (1) (1847–1912)

Author of The Diary of a Nobody

For other authors named George Grossmith, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

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Works by George Grossmith

The Diary of a Nobody (1892) 3,260 copies
A Society Clown (2013) 2 copies
" G. G. " , 1 copy

Associated Works

A Century of Humour (1934) — Contributor — 42 copies
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories (2013) — Contributor — 33 copies

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Birthdate
1847-12-09
Date of death
1912-03-01
Burial location
Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England, UK
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Islington, London, England, UK
Place of death
Folkestone, Kent, England, UK
Places of residence
St. Pancras, London, England, UK
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Folkestone, Kent, England, UK
Education
North London Collegiate School
Occupations
comedian
entertainer
writer
author
sketch-writer
operetta singer (show all 8)
operetta librettist
newspaper reporter
Relationships
Grossmith, Walter Weedon (brother)
Grossmith, George [2] (child)
Grossmith, Lawrence (sibling)
Short biography
George Grossmith (Sr.) wrote The Diary of a Nobody with his brother Weedon (with whom he should not be combined) and was a member of the original Savoy Opera Company. He was also the father of George Grossmith Jr., a musical comedy star in the early 20th century.

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Diary of a nobody in It's a LondonThing (April 2007)

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"The Illustrated Diary of a Nobody" by George and Weedon Grossmith takes the classic comedic narrative of Charles Pooter's daily life and elevates it to a new level with the addition of Weedon's illustrations. The result is a delightful and entertaining reading experience that combines wit and visual charm. A quite silly book.
 
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Beckles | 91 other reviews | Dec 4, 2023 |
Got to read after listening to the BBC adaptation. Good fun, but the edition I read had some typographical issues that detracted from the text.
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JBD1 | 91 other reviews | Dec 3, 2023 |
Diary of a Nobody was originally written in the late 1800s as a serialisation in Punch magazine, before becoming a book. It's a comedy with a city clerk who clearly has some delusions of grandeur as the narrator, and desbribes the minutiae of his every day life. It is made funnier by the various social faux pas that he inadvertently commits and his frustrations over his son's lack of ambition. The descriptions of social gatherings are amusing if unavoidably and understandably outdated.

It's an easy quick read, and one I would probably pick up again in the future. It's not the funniest book I've ever read and rarely hilarious but often amusing.
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Ruth72 | 91 other reviews | Nov 14, 2023 |
An amusing read - possibly funnier at the time it was published - this is the diary of Charles Pooter telling stories of himself, his friends and family.

He's a middle class banker with little ambition, who is constantly being insulted and taken advantage of by the servants and tradesmen, and does not understand his son. He attempts to show his sense of humour frequently fail as many people dont find the same things funny.

Short little read, amusing enough, not entirely sure I understood the ending (but then it was early in the morning).

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nordie | 91 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |

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