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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Pootering around on stage – in pictures”. If you give this slim volume a chance available for free in the Kindle nobodjyou’ll see why. My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth.

On their return, Pooter’s efforts to find Lupin a job at first prove fruitless. Very fun This is a light-hearted and very fun read. I’d had this djary a while and thought it would make good paired reading with Three Men on a Boatas they’re both considered classics of British nogody of about the same era. I don’t care if this book is a British cultural icon. And when Lupin buys a ‘pony-trap,’ what’s that?

The Review ‘ s critic thought the book “admirable, and in some of its touches [it] goes close to genius”, with a natural and irresistible appeal: The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooterhis wife Carrie, his son William Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months.


Written by two comic writers from the same era grosssmith Charlie, this must have been a real hoot at one time.

The Diary of a Nobody

Mr Pooter family and friends are a pantomime of Victorian society and its rules. Lupin moves to lodgings in Bayswater, where Pooter and Carrie are invited to dine and where they meet Murray’s sister, known as “Lillie Girl”, a woman of around Pooter nearly invariably gets the short end of the stick in his interactions with his two neighbors, Cummings and Gowings; his spendthrift, reckless son Lupin; and the various tradesmen and servants he attempts to bully.

Retrieved 5 July Though I thought the book a little strained and where others claim to have ‘laughed out loud,’ I just sort of smiled, it does give an honest glimpse into the life of an ‘ordinary joe’ in ‘s England.

Some of it was amusing, but I think lots of late 19th century cultural references that were meant to inform me how execrable his tastes are went over my head. Retrieved from ” https: Kate – January 14, Subject: Wikipedia — The Diary of a Nobody. This the humour of an in-egalitarian society, jokes turn on the snobbishness and angst of middle-class Victorian life, for example Pooter is extremely satisfied to be invited to a fancy event and extremely dissatisfied when he finds one of his neighbours – who in his eyes is only a tradesman – is also there.

After days of keen anticipation they are dismayed, when they arrive, to find that the gathering is undistinguished. His son, George Grossmith, Jr. Wasn’t the Wodehousian kind with bubbling verve and contrivance nor the Jeromian kind with riotous and extreme slapsticks and engulfing philosophy.


April begins with another social disaster. Must get the scraper removed, or else I shall get into a scrape.

It clearly baffles Mr. In other languages Add links. It questioned the tastefulness of jokes aimed almost exclusively at the poverty of underpaid city clerks, and concluded: He quibbles and complains and goes through his daily routine – he’s some sort of clerk at some sort of business requiring clerks – and finds humor in puns. Everyone’s feelings get hurt over minor jokes and misunderstandings, but they end up getting over the hurt and remain friends.

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Expect a gentle sit-com, not laugh out loud stand-up style—and tune in to the delicate ridiculing of social attitudes and individual stereotypes on offer. Before embarking on his stage career, Weedon had worked as an artist and illustrator.

During the past century, the fictitious diary has developed as an accepted means of comedic expression; the original has, says Morton, “been fertile ground which has germinated many seeds”.

Fourth Edition, October,