The Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith; 4th This fictitious diary details fifteen months in the life of Mr. Charles Pooter. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece which has been hugely influential since its first publication in This edition features Weedon Grossmith’s.

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Bumbling Charles Pooter’s memoir of timeless suburban angst The Diary of a Nobody remains remarkably modern and amusing even a century after it was first printed in Punch.

First Edition, June, A stage version of this diary, produced inwas censored at the request of Wilson. One is torn between feeling desperately sorry for Mr Pooter and recognising that we can all be impossibly pompous and self-important at times and laughing out loud at the many slights and injuries he receives at the hands of tradesmen and his fellow clerks.

Gillian Tindallwriting inthought the Diary “the best comic novel in the language”, and lauded Pooter as “the presiding shade” of his era. The more middle-aged he becomes, says Morton, the more he resembles Pooter.

I didn’t expect to novody up liking it. Despite being a century old, The Diary of a Nobody remains quite amusing and is laugh-out-loud funny in parts — particularly in sections dealing with tradesmen or with Lupin’s impetuous business dealings or love affairs.

Set in the late Victorian era, the diary accurately documents the manners, customs, trends and experiences of the time. Pooter overindulges in champagne and humiliates Carrie by collapsing on the dance floor.

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

JeromePriestley asserted, never wrote anything as good: The diary of my everyday life would be very boring, and by most measure so is Charles Pooter’s. The small minded but essentially decent suburban world he inhabits is b Weedon Grossmith’s book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Pooter.


It is a big deal when they get invited to social events because it happens so infrequently. View all 54 comments.

I fear the humour is sometimes outdated, relying too much on repetition but most of the times it is genuinly funny. Wilsongrosskith wrote in his study of the Victorian era: Who can still laugh at it silently?

Before their collaboration on the Diarythe brothers each pursued successful careers on the stage. It’s about the challenges he faces in his life, detailing minutiae in the form of work problems, home improvement, social gatherings, but the humo What can I say about this little novel?

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

The author died inso this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 80 years or less. May 30, Cecily rated it did not like it Shelves: The Diary has been the subject of several stage and screen adaptations, including Ken Russell ‘s “silent film” treatment ofa four-part TV film scripted by Andrew Davies inand a widely praised stage version inin which an all-male cast of three played all the parts. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

As the character Charles Pooter says right at the beginning “because I do not happen to be a somebody why my diary should not be interesting” And so the everyday occurrences of lower-middle class life is written out in diary form with little incidences of life in London with family and friends. Interrupted by a loving thump at the door. After the First World War the book’s popularity continued to grow; regular reprintings and new editions ensured that thereafter the book was never out of print.


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Retrieved 23 Nov Mixing the hilarity of puns the BEST form of comedy with the humorously uneventful diary entries of a Victorian Gentleman makes for terrific reading. The social ladder is of key importance in the novel, as the Pooters nnobody social aspirations are depicted through their humorous attempts to conceal their lower middle class status.

Living in late Victorian Era England, Pooter and his wife Carrie are stuck deep into middle class society. Around the Year i Retrieved 7 May First appearing in Punch magazine through the yearsThe Diary of a Nobody was first published in book form in and has entertained readers ever since.

The Diary of a Nobody

In an era of rising expectations within the lower-middle classes, the daily routines and modest ambitions described in the Diary were instantly recognised by its contemporary readers, and provided later generations with a glimpse of the past that it became fashionable to imitate. Sep 25, Edward Higgins rated it it was amazing.

Perkupp, Lupin finally secures a clerical position with a firm of stockbrokers in November. Nobidy 26, Tenzin rated it it was amazing. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith. And yet, it rarely read like a “classic” – it felt contemporary. I mean, he roars at them, and often the others around him do georbe well.