The Diary of a Nobody. By George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith. With illustrations by Weedon Grossmith. Published in June 1892 by J. On the front pastedown is a strip of paper bearing the signature of George Grossmith which, judging by the impression on the front free endpaper, looks to have been attached some time ago.
The Diary of a Nobody is an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith. It originated as a serial in Punch magazine in 1888-89 and first appeared in book form, with extended text and added illustrations, in June 1892. The Diary records the daily events of the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter, his wife Carrie, his son Lupin and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months. Before their collaboration on the Diary, the brothers each pursued successful careers on the stage.
George originated nine of the principal comedian roles in the Gilbert & Sullivan operas over 12 years from 1879 to 1889. He also established a reputation as a piano sketch entertainer and wrote a large number of songs and comic pieces.Before embarking on his stage career, Weedon had worked as an artist and illustrator. The Diary was the brothers' only mature collaboration. Most of its humour derives from Charles Pooter's unconscious and unwarranted sense of his own importance, and the frequency with which this delusion is punctured by gaffes and minor social humiliations. Although its initial public reception was muted, the Diary came to be recognised by critics as a classic work of humour, and it has never been out of print.
Robert McCrum's list of'100 Greatest Novels of All Time', published in The Observer newspaper listed the Diary at number 35. It also appears in Esquire magazine's list of the'20 Funniest Books Ever Written'.
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