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The Diary of a Nobody (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 26/08/1999
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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

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140437324
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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“Brilliantly Funny!”

'The Diary of a Nobody' is one of my top 5 favourite books. There is something here for readers of (nearly) all ages and interests: history, romance, comedy, social manners, family saga ... but most... More

“Very funny”

This is a very funny book. On the back cover it tells you "If you read it without laughing aloud you have no sense of humour", this statement is true.
The diary belongs to Charles Pooter an office clerk in... More

Paperback edition
8th February 2010
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“The Diary of a Nobody”

Mr Pooter of 'The Lorrels' in Victorian London (a middle-class clerk with much higher social aspirations!) decided that just because he is not a 'somebody', does not mean that his diary would not... More

Paperback edition
15th January 2010
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